PlaceShapers has released a manifesto for our communities for the general election.
13 November 2019 more...
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All members sign up to these five principles:
Manage 930,000 homes including rent, shared ownership and supported housing
House one in four people who live in a housing association home
Provide services to more than two million people
Will build more than 118,000 new homes by 2023
Helped 60,000+ people into work since 2010
Re-invest 100% of our profits into our homes and communities
Welfare reform & poverty: Contribute ongoing evidence of the impact of welfare reforms and poverty levels locally, sharing experiences and effective practice for supporting customers. Contribute to work aimed at combating poverty including initiatives to improve the affordability of homes.
Supported housing: Continue to take a leading role in work to secure the future of supported housing and its future funding, evidencing the long-term benefits and value of such services.
Health & housing integration: Continue to promote members’ contribution to this agenda and the cost benefits, developing increased opportunities for partnerships between housing providers and the health and social care sector.
We support members to explore all opportunities to contribute new homes of all tenures, particularly where these contribute to wider community regeneration. Facilitate joint ventures or collaboration on new supply at a regional level where this may be beneficial. Publish research to confirm our contribution to new homes supply.
Policy development: Lobby and comment on policy proposals, evidencing our work through member feedback and driving longer-term change through collaboration. Focus on building new homes and economic regeneration, employment support, tackling poverty and homelessness, housing affordability and the integration of housing and health services including a secure future for supported housing.
Partnership engagement: Engage with stakeholders and partner organisations on key issues and policy options, share ideas and gain feedback on our activities and to facilitate joint working on common areas of interest.
Value for Money and efficiency: Provide performance data for members to support benchmarking and facilitate sharing of best practice. Research and disseminate analysis of efficiency gains and social return delivered collectively, including via the new “sector scorecard”. Undertake further research on financial benchmarking, exploring options for increasing capacity through partnerships and joint ventures.
Learning from others: Facilitate opportunities for members to share ideas and good practice both within the network and with others from whom we can learn.