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Embracing future challenges in partnership

Embracing future challenges in partnership

(04/11/2016)

Earlier this week, I met with the National Housing Federation - a productive session that left me energised and positive about hour role and the approaches we are taking in solving the housing crisis.

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Stepping stone

Stepping stone

(04/08/2016)

If you want to understand the depth of the housing challenge facing our city regions, then a quick review of the headlines over the past few weeks should be all you need.

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Poverty- not just about lack of money

Poverty- not just about lack of money

(03/08/2016)

I recently attended the launch of the Salford Poverty Truth Commission – a grand title for what is an ambitious concept.

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Creating genuine engagement through data

Creating genuine engagement through data

(19/05/2016)

You would struggle to name a housing association that doesn’t have aspirations to ‘go digital.’ The sector has long come to terms with the fact that if we are to keep pace with changes in society and how our customers live their lives, we need to adapt the way we deliver services and communicate.

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An opportunity for change

An opportunity for change

(22/03/2016)

Whisper it quietly, but social housing still has a bright future. Despite the hard hitting headlines, and those who preach doom and gloom, I have no doubt that our sector has a major role to play in the future of housing in the UK.

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Pressure builds on housing association IT teams to deliver

Pressure builds on housing association IT teams to deliver

(16/12/2015)

I have heard enough housing professionals over the last 15 years say how much harder it is now than it used to be – this is really code for saying things used to be dead easy! But now our chickens have come home to roost...

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Working in housing is not just a job, it is a privilege

Working in housing is not just a job, it is a privilege

(17/11/2015)

Ahead of tomorrow’s #HousingDay, which aims to help people who live and work in social housing tell their stories, Colette McKune, deputy chief executive of City West Housing Trust, explains why the industry is about so much more than just bricks and mortar.

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The future starts now: Introducing ForViva

The future starts now: Introducing ForViva

(01/06/2015)

Today marks the beginning of an exciting future for communities across Greater Manchester and Merseyside as we launch ForViva - a new housing group that sees City West Housing Trust, Villages Housing Association and construction firm ForWorks come together under a new group structure...

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Survival of the fittest

Survival of the fittest

(25/02/2015)

I’ve just finished reading this month’s 24housing magazine which I was interviewed for very recently. In the article, I talked about how important it…

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  Stretching ourselves

Stretching ourselves

(15/02/2015)

2014 was a year of change and with a General Election on the way this year, the only thing we know about the future is that it will be different. But how different will in part depend on housing associations themselves and how they adjust to a rapidly changing world...

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Health and housing for future living

Health and housing for future living

(26/10/2014)

At City West, we’re passionate about raising housing standards. Over the past three years we’ve developed plans that will see greater links between housing...

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Universal Credit, Universal Challenge

Universal Credit, Universal Challenge

(21/07/2014)

As I write, it’s a day after the first Universal Credit (UC) roll out hit Salford – part of the Government’s ideological drive to…

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 What do talented people need from their workplace?

What do talented people need from their workplace?

(07/07/2014)

All leaders aspire to create an environment where we can attract and retain highly talented and motivated people. But what do we do when…

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Maximising your talent

Maximising your talent

(18/06/2014)

We throw around a lot of glib one liners in housing (I suppose that most other professions do likewise) and one of the most…

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 Service Matters

Service Matters

(21/05/2014)

Hi – if you’re back for part 2 of my blog then I’ll take that as a good sign! I want to talk about…

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Hello and welcome!

Hello and welcome!

(12/05/2014)

Hi, and welcome to my first attempt at ‘blogging’ – if you’ve read this far, it’s already appreciated! I want to share my thoughts…

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