Housing association investment in people

Paula Smith and Bob Paterson

This report shows how government policies promoting area regeneration and community investment risk being squeezed out by other policies designed to hold down rents and make homes more affordable.

The researchers found that the lack of designated public funding for this activity is a major problem. Housing associations without alternative income have to rely on rents; tenants were paying between 10p and £3 a week for community investment in the areas studied. Making it all add up calls for new Community Investment Grants, and changes to regulations in order to allow housing associations to make a more effective contribution to area regeneration.

In addition, it proposes that funding for community investments should be available to a wide range of community-based regeneration agencies.

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