The UK’s economic climate at the start of 2012 was not significantly different to that of 2011. However, it does feel tougher because of the realisation that it will not improve quickly. We have gone from hearing that, regardless of the urgency of the project there simply wasn’t the funding, to knowing twelve months later, that there is still no money available. This means we have to respond in two quite different ways simultaneously. On the one hand, we have to go back to basics and make sure our current operations are as efficient as they can be, while on the other, we need to be strategic, forward thinking and more innovative then ever before. Both demand the investment of time, which is the recurring theme of the articles in our NHMF Bulletin this year.
One of the key things to get right (and potentially most expensive to get wrong) in procuring maintenance and improvement programmes is leaseholder consultation. Andrew Millross and Jonathan Cox give tips for a successful consultation.
The digital switchover programme is underway and all landlords and housing associations have to consider new aerial systems or upgrades to ensure residents can receive digital TV over the next four years.