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Universal Credit: time to treat property as the investment our society sees it?

By Ashley Horsey / October 18, 2018

There has been much Twitter-chat in recent days about the costs and impact of Universal Credit. Many calls have been made to the Chancellor to provide additional funding in the forthcoming budget, in order to reduce the impacts on those likely to see substantial falls in their total income. The latest indications are that the…

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Back to the Future: private renting to help the homeless

By Ashley Horsey / October 15, 2018

I am feeling very Marty McFly at present – for the last year I feel as though I have been living through the nightmarish world of Back to the Future II overseen by the narcissistic, thin skinned rather idiotic bully Biff Tannan – presiding over a community going to the dogs. Specifically, in this last…

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Warm Words and Some Cold Reality

By Ashley Horsey / September 20, 2018

It genuinely is a good thing to have a serving Prime Minister come to a social housing conference and extol the virtues of and provide the promise of more funding to enable more social and affordable rented homes to be built. The fact that Theresa May’s attendance at this week’s National Housing Federation Summit was…

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Waiting for the Housing Buses

By Ashley Horsey / August 14, 2018

This week the Government showed their hand on rough sleeping and social housing. In what could be described as a sensible series of coordinated announcements, the Government has released both its Rough Sleeping Strategy, (to tackle one of the most extreme manifestations of the housing crisis) followed the very next day by the long awaited…

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Navel gazing and avoiding choking: what I think about ahead of an away day!

By Ashley Horsey / November 7, 2017

Commonweal Housing’s Chief Executive Ashley Horsey provides his thoughts ahead of Commonweal’s annual strategic away day.

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Commonweal launches new design ideas competition

By Ashley Horsey / May 22, 2017

Leading on from the Thames Reach research sponsored by Commonweal in to the lives of Romanian migrant workers living in tent encampments around London, Commonweal are now picking the brains and creativity of the architecture and design world to identify new transitional short-term accommodation ideas; options that can make use of empty existing buildings and…

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