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			Liz Circuit

On behalf of the National Housing Maintenance Forum (NHMF) I would like to thank all our contributors for the time spent preparing these articles and for sharing their views and expertise. All the articles relate to the perennial balancing act of using the available budget to provide good, safe housing to be enjoyed by generations to come.

Liz Circuit

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			Alex Dixon

Do asset management and development work together as well as they could to produce a cost effective, desirable, efficient home that will provide a great living environment for the long term and be as low maintenance as possible?

Alex Dixon

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			David Orr

Of all the conferences I speak at, and there are a lot, one of my favourite things about speaking to the NHMF Conference is that it is the best opportunity I have to get a clear view of what is actually being delivered by asset managers across the country. So instead of just talking at the audience, I decided to ask a few questions. The answers to which were instructive:

David Orr

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			Alison Mathias

There are ever more compelling reasons for development and maintenance teams to work together. It is well known that social housing maintenance and asset management teams are a different species from providers’ development teams. They have different operating environments; different challenges, and constraints; even quite different cultures; and often they do not share an office. Their objectives are however the same: to ensure that their tenants and residents are securely and comfortably housed. At the HCA’s Construction Forum in February this year, we heard from the Spectrum Housing Group on how it integrates new build development with maintenance – see the ‘Construction Forum 2014’ news article on the HCA website.

Alison Mathias

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			Alison Mathias

Spectrum Housing Group is running a pilot, testing the integration of new build development with maintenance.

Alison Mathias

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			Karen Thody

On paper, it would seem that procurement clubs offer a myriad of benefits to buyers. There is evidence to suggest that ‘buying collectively’ does bring solutions that benefit the greater good. On the other hand, there is also evidence of what can happen when a ‘procurement club’ goes wrong. At the point of writing, there are 13 consortia/procurement clubs representing almost 200 landlords who belong to the Homes and Community Agency-run Procurement Efficiency Initiative, with an estimated 20 clubs under way across England in total.

Karen Thody

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			Andrew Millross

There is a quiet, fearful anticipation in the trenches. After a barrage of consultations from the Cabinet Office on how to implement the new European procurement Directives in the UK, the consultation process has now fallen silent.

Andrew Millross

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			Luke Mitchell

United Welsh has developed a model which introduces new concepts including the “Complete Property Service”, a creative lean working approach to improving efficiency and maximising resources

Luke Mitchell

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			Peter Holbrook

In January 2013, the Public Services (Social Value) Act came into force. The law calls for public sector commissioners to try to weave in social and environmental benefit that is beyond the primary purpose of a contract. This means that public bodies, including housing associations and local authorities, can ask contract providers – whether they are private businesses, charities or social enterprises – to deliver services in a way that also creates added community value. An example of this would be creating local apprenticeships or jobs for disadvantaged people, such as those who are long term unemployed, living with a disability or have spent time in prison.

Peter Holbrook

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			Shaun Aldis

You wouldn’t think a text message booking a taxi would transform a housing repair service, but that is exactly how Wolverhampton Homes was inspired to improve its housing repair service.

Shaun Aldis

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