It’s perfectly understandable that many people are struggling to feel the Christmas spirit, as yet another year is added to the number of years of failure in housing policy. 2020 will definitely be one for the history books. Of course, the Covid pandemic naturally stole our focus, but in truth, there still exist a myriad of issues afflicting the housing sector that were around before the virus and will continue to make people’s lives difficult going forward if we do not come together as an industry to solve them. Housing Association Magazine’s Joe Bradbury takes a look at what the social housing sector needs in 2021.
It’s not too late to give your headquarters a last minute Christmas present and it needn’t cost you a penny.
Take advantage of the £1 billion decarbonisation fund to upgrade your heating, ventilation or air conditioning systems whilst reducing your environmental impact.
If you are working with any public sector or Local Authority housing association, then this decarbonisation scheme is a huge step forward towards the nation’s goal of net zero by 2050.
• Applications for the grant close on the 11th January 2021
• Projects do not have to be completed until September 2021
To help people understand the full benefits of air source heat pumps, Mitsubishi Electric have created a series of podcasts all about renewable heating with Ecodan Ambassador, architect and TV Presenter, George Clarke and in one of the latest, they look specifically at the social housing sector.
Upon releasing the whitepaper, the government boldly claimed “we will make it easier to build better homes where people want to live.” (Let’s hold them to it!)
“New regulations will give greater freedom for buildings and land in our town centres to change use without planning permission and create new homes from the regeneration of vacant and redundant buildings.”
Where were you when the world changed? How were you positioned? Were you standing at the beginning of a promising career or easing your way out of one? Were you struggling? Coronavirus has swept the world by storm, wrenching the floor from under us. Suspended in limbo, with time to reflect, were we really so perfect? Or were we getting things wrong? Freelance editor Joe Bradbury discusses what changes in perception could be made to better view the subjects of class and social housing:
As the bulk of the nation starts to work from home, what effect can this have on wellbeing and mental health?
With the country entering a lockdown phase, we are all being asked to stay home and only venture out on essential journeys.
This self-isolation will take some getting used to and people will quickly get beyond the ‘holiday-mode’ feeling that some seem to have eagerly embraced.
As a mental health first aider, this is where I wonder how the current Coronavirus pandemic will affect us and I would therefore urge everyone to show as much compassion and tolerance as possible in these strange and difficult times.