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Future Shape of the Sector Commission

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A new project which aims to shape how housing associations should evolve over the next 10-15 years has started.

The Future Shape of the Sector Commission has been established by Network Homes, L&Q and Clarion Housing Group, three of the largest housing associations in the sector.

The commissioners

It is being chaired by Lord Turnbull, the ex-Cabinet Secretary, and Commissioners include Prof. John Hills from the London School of Economics, Torsten Bell, Director of the Resolution Foundation, and Steve Douglas, the former chief executive of the Housing Corporation (as was) and Co-Chief Executive at the Altair Consultancy.

What has the commission looked at?

The new Commission will look at what the implications of the emergence of giant housing associations with more than 100,000 homes are for the sector, how housing associations of all sizes should respond to the housing crisis, and how they should manage further potential change effectively in a post-Brexit, politically volatile world, in the interests of customers, stakeholders and society at large.

How has information been gathered?

A Call for Evidence to housing associations, government and its key agencies, MPs, local authorities, universities and think tanks, charities, trade bodies, and other influential and interested parties closed in late November. The response was excellent and the results have now been analysed.

The analysis has been supplemented by roundtables and interviews debating key themes and issues.

The final report

The final report 'Building Homes, Building Trust' is now available to download.

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