Dan Gregory

“Something-for-something” – Rental sweat equity combined with using rental incomes to stimulate locally focussed social enterprise Description: Dan Gregory’s proposal combines: Voluntary contributions of time matched with discounts to rents The development of an ecology of locally rooted social enterprise, and A commitment to social enterprise procurement from commissioning organisations To create a range of […]

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Trafford Housing Trust

A summary post from Trafford Housing Trust ahead of the Board Insight day on 22nd July 2015. THT Purpose: We are a force for good, driven by social justice, inspiring people and neighbourhoods to be the best they can be. THT Vision: We strive for a society transformed, free from poverty, inequality and injustice where: […]

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Bob Knowles

Anchor the creation of local complementary currencies in reconfigured HA rental policies. Description: By offering to accept rental payments (in part or wholly) in a local complementary currency in areas where there are none a HA would provide a powerful incentive for their creation but with zero risk to income streams, at least initially. Improvement: […]

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Brian Robson

Trafford Housing Trust a Living Rent Landlord Description: Living Rents moves rent away from any link to the housing market. Instead, rents are directly linked to local earnings.  That’s a big change compared to existing models, which have set rents in relation to market rents (Affordable Rents) or largely based them on property values (Social […]

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Community Finance Solutions

A Trafford Loyalty Card to Incentivise the Building of Financial Resilience Description: Build the financial resilience of tenants by introducing a loyalty card where points are accrued for activities that build tenants’ financial resilience, such as saving regularly, attending financial education classes and using low-cost options to furnish their homes (e.g. free-cycle, local furniture recycling […]

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Dominic Ellison

Three ideas: – 1) Community Land Trusts as a way to cap market values of properties; 2) Key worker access to CLTs through employer contributions to the percentage of equity held in covenant, and 3) Rental efficiencies through key workers’ employers paying rents directly to HAs Description: Dominic’s proposal has three component parts. First, it would be possible […]

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Mary Gillie

Bundling infrastructure at a community level to drive down costs and increase social cohesion Description: Focussed on electricity generation and consumption this approach potentially is applicable to other infrastructure and services used by target communities. The idea is that a community or group of residents can pool their renewable energy generation so that anyone in […]

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Keith Jenkins

Lifetime tenancies with rolling discounts, means and community tested, and the option to accrue equity stake through self managed repairs. Description: In his paper Keith Jenkins proposes granting tenants lifetime tenancies, the rent levels for which would be set every five years. At each review the market rate would be established and then a discount […]

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Lorraine Hart

Devolving ownership of assets in ways that maximise the potential of both buildings and tenants Description: Thinking about both buildings and tenants as assets and then auditing both provides the starting point to think about how to maximise the potential of both. Taking this potential and using it to drive an approach focused on devolution […]

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Julian Westwood

Springboard is a rent strategy which seeks to maximise the availability of the limited resource of social housing. Description: The idea is to benefit those customers at the periphery of the relationship to “the market” – those nearest and most distant from to being able to successfully operate in the commercial housing market. Through a process of self-selection […]

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Matt Leach

Facing up to an uncertain future Description: Matt Leach provides an overview of some of the macro economic and social pressures likely to be experienced by Housing Associations over the next decade and beyond. The paper differs from other contributions in that it doesn’t suggest one, or more, changes for HAs to implement. Rather it […]

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Alex Hilton

Demand creation through infrastructure investment, funded long-term through property value increases Description: Alex Hilton proposes an approach that sees Housing Associations making significant investment into non housing infrastructure in areas of low land value to stimulate increases in housing value. Thus individual HAs, or more likely consortia of HAs and public and private actors, can […]

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