A housing association has highlighted the positive impact that apprenticeships and traineeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy.
Hightown Housing Association says 19-year-old Levi Pierre apprentice has shown great potential and will become a role model for future learners.
Levi, who lives in Hemel Hempstead, spends four days a week at Hightown as a Property Maintenance Apprentice and one day a week studying at West Herts College for his Property Maintenance qualification.
by Victoria Galligan, Housing Association Magazine editor
Chancellor Philip Hammond’s affordable housing guarantee scheme means that housing associations can borrow up to £3billion to deliver 30,000 new affordable homes in England.
This is not additional funding, but merely the OK for HAs to borrow more money.
And it is not enough to provide the number of social rent properties which are so desperately needed.
By Bob Hide, director at risk management consultancy, Equib.
Recent funding cuts have left many Housing Associations reeling as they explore ways to transform their business model. But how should they go about this when the future holds so many challenges and uncertainties and could greater focus on horizon scanning help?
The winter is a tough time for anybody who has difficulty heating their home, but there are practical steps that can be taken - aside from a complete overhaul of the heating system - which can minimise cold and maximise savings for tenants and landlords alike. Joe Bradbury of Housing Association Magazine investigates:
We live in difficult times. The rapid increase in energy prices forces good people into bad debt for necessities such as warmth and water. It seems that despite living in the age of great excess, many find themselves existing day-to-day – surviving Britain.
Heating or eating?
Recent studies indicate that food bank use has increased exponentially over the last 12 months, painfully revealing how miserably welfare benefits fail to cover basic living costs. Figures from the UK’s national food bank, the Trussel Trust show that in the year running up to March 2018, 1,332,952 three-day emergency food supplies were delivered to people in crisis across Britain. People can’t afford to eat, let alone make payment next time an over inflated heating bill lands on their mat.