We have an open and ongoing dialogue with the government on the relationship between housing providers and employment and skills services. We have a network of contacts across the housing, employment and political arena and use this to leverage support for Communities that Work members.
Communities that Work helps support the employment support objectives of our housing organisations. We can help to broker practical partnerships that can lead to contracted delivery, to support your employment and skills programmes.
Join Communities that Work members on webinars, members’ conferences, sector events and roundtable discussions, to hear about latest developments in the sector as well as to help influence and develop best practice.
Summer is here, and if you’re missing PMQs, you’ll be delighted that the race to be the next Prime Minister involves several hurdles, with TV debates plus 12 regional and online hustings events taking place throughout August. Pity the next Prime Minister? Maybe, there’s a heap of exceptionally complicated and precipitous issues to face. No PM holds all the levers to sort them out and may get booted out at the next General Election (bets still on for May 24).
Time is fast running out for initial plans on UKSPF to reach DLUHC. Local Investment Plan (LIP) proformas are required by DLUHC from each UKSPF lead authority by 1st August. In reality, many lead authorities are submitting early and getting sign-off from their leaders now, to hit the deadline.
It’s been a busy time for social housing news and legislation. Five years after the Grenfell Tower fire and two weeks since Prince Charles’ delivery of the Queen’s Speech, the Social Housing (Regulation) Bill came to the new Parliament. The Bill was presented to the House of Lords by Lord Greenhalgh, and the Second Reading is scheduled for 27th June.
Communities that Work welcomes new member: BME London Landlords
We’re delighted to announce that BME London Landlords has joined Communities that Work. BME London Landlords (14) members collaborate to optimise impact, improving and advocating for better services provided to their residents and wider BME communities.
BME London Landlords is also one of the key names behind the Social Housing Anti-Racism Pledge (SHARP). Developed in partnership with BME National and The Housing Diversity Network, the SHARP initiative calls on all registered social landlords to adopt an anti-racist stance by adopting a clear policy that states their organisation is anti-racist.
Go the distance on UKSPF:
UKSPF Investment Plans are now in the drafting process. Whilst lead authorities don’t have too long to draft these (deadline 1st August) and need to ‘go fast’, they also need to create credible three-year plans and show partnerships to unlock their funding, to prove they can ‘go far’. It’s these dual priorities that UKSPF leads are dealing with, and the social housing sector must quickly stake a claim to be named in local investment plans.