In June 2012, we undertook a critical friend review of Bron Afon Community Housing's income management service - to ensure income recovery strategies, policies, procedures and processes were in the best possible position to prepare both for going live as one of the DWP Direct Payment Demonstration Project, and the wider challenges of welfare reform. This case study highlights the outcomes and benefits - which all organisations could realise.
Economic Regulation of social housing by the HCA officially commenced this week, with a remit outlined in the new regulatory standards published on 27th March to ‘protect historic government subsidy, promote access to private finance, and help address the lack of competitive pressures on providers which might otherwise put pressure on service quality and efficiency.' In this briefing, updated based on the new regulatory standards, we set out the basis of economic regulation, what it will look like, and provide top tips to help organisations and their boards prepare for and deliver against the new value for money standard.
In the final House of Lords Debate on the Welfare Reform Bill, Lord Freud summed up proceedings by stating ‘It is essential that all those affected, whether directly or indirectly, understand how the change will affect them so that they can take action well before April 2013’. Matthew Bailes, Head of Regulation at the HCA, has also recently stated that providers need to manage the risks and issues for tenants as soon as they can.
To help all landlords prepare for the changes and manage the risks, we’ve teamed up with our partner Landlord Information Network to offer a truly comprehensive package which will help all landlords to calculate and prepare for the impact welfare reform will have on their business. Visit our welfare reform page or download the brochure below for further details.
With consultation on the revised regulatory tenancy standards having closed earlier this month, and the Welfare Reform Bill imminently likely to pass into legislation, here we set out the key welfare reform implications to consider building into social housing tenancy & allocations policies and strategies to avoid storing up future debts and problems for organisations and their customers.
A new value for money regulatory standard is ushering in an era of economic regulation for social housing, and there’s never been a more crucial time to understand and focus on the value for money of existing services. This in-house workshop will develop your organisation’s understanding and preparation for economic regulation, and improve your capacity to deliver better Vfm.
What will economic regulation look like? Top tips to prepare for and survive the new value for money standard from April 2012.
The Tenant Services Authority recently launched its consultation on proposed revisions to the regulatory standards for social housing from April 2012. Here we set out the basis of regulation on the economic standards, what it will probably look like, and provide some key tips to help organisations prepare for it.
Updated 2nd April 2012 to reflect the new regulatory standards published on 27th March
I.T. can lead to lower costs, better performance and improved outcomes for customers. Our analysis of 2010-11 data across the housing sector suggests this isn't neccesarily the case. In this article we analyse why, and review how that needs to change.
Following our popular ‘top tips to survive welfare reform’ article last month, here we round up the latest news on key welfare reforms which are likely to have an impact on housing organisations and their customers
02/04/12. For a more update round up of news and implciations for housing, please see this summary article recently published
Forest of Dean based Two Rivers Housing and London and South East based Thames Valley Housing Association are the latest organisations to begin using V3a to assist them test, measure, and improve the Value for Money of services.
Like many housing organisations in the current economic climate, Two Rivers Housing, who currently manage around 3,700 homes in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire and aim to develop 100 homes per annum, were looking for something to help them identify value for money improvements and improve transparency.
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