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21 Nov 17 |

UK housing associations off the government’s balance sheet

NHF explains why this is much more than just an “accounting trick”

UK housing associations off the government’s balance sheet

Following a series of positive announcements in October, the Secretary of State delivered the latest piece of good news for the sector by confirming the ONS’ (Office of National Statistics) decision to remove housing associations from the public sector and off the Government’s balance sheet. In doing so, they have reversed the decision made in October 2015 and reaffirmed housing associations’ status as independent social businesses.

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31 Oct 17 |

From blind gambling to visible impact

Making housing finance work for society

From blind gambling to visible impact

Finance and housing are both crucial for the functioning and wealth of our societies. However, they can form an explosive mix for our economies. The financial crisis clearly unveiled this. Two trends explain this. First, housing gradually lost its initial function: provide a home to households. Gradually it became a financial commodity. Secondly, the financialization of economies led to a disconnect between financial assets and societal needs In the real economy. Things are evolving, however. There is a now a new movement in the financial sector that explicitly wants to direct more financial means towards impactful investments for society. An excellent opportunity to remarry finance and (affordable) housing.

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30 Oct 17 |

Cooperative solution to youth housing in Sweden

Riksbyggen comes up with a new plan to address an alarming phenomenon

Cooperative solution to youth housing in Sweden

In a country that faces an overall housing shortage, the youth is one of the population groups that are struck the most. Housing Europe Swedish, cooperative member, Riksbyggen has taken an initiative in Göteborg that may prove to be a game changer.

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