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  • Social Housing Barometer 2018

    Our snapshot of business and economic confidence across housing associations in the UK

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Social Housing Barometer 2018

14 March 2018

New Economy PublicationNine months on from the launch of our Social Housing Barometer and the sector has experienced significant change. Major events such as the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the government lifting the proposed LHA cap and the new rent settlement, to name a few, have clearly had an impact.

Our second edition looks at how housing associations are reacting to these developments. While boards are still facing major challenges, it is encouraging to see that economic confidence is on the rise.

  • 27% of respondents say board and management confidence in the UK economy has Increased - a staggering increase of 440%; however, government policy was still identified as the number one risk
  • Following the Grenfell Tower fire, 68% of housing associations have increased investment in fire risk in the last 6 months
  • 61% plan to develop more homes in the next five years as compared to previous commitments and 47% expect to increase development by up to 10%

What are the key trends? Social Housing Barometer highlights

These findings are based on a survey of housing associations across the country. As a thank you to all those who took the time to take part, we have donated £1,000 to the homeless charity, Shelter.

We do hope you find this edition an interesting read and as always, we would love to hear your views on what’s happening in the sector, so do get in touch with Phil Cliftlands. You can also visit our Social Housing webpage.

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