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LIVE / WORK / LEARN: Making an impact in Housing and Employment

Thank you to all the delegates who joined us at the Live / Work / Learn housing and employment conference, in London on 28 September.

Key note speaker, David Orr, NHF, spoke of the chaotic political environment and the challenges that a weakened Conservative Government faces as it exists the European Union. In terms of a credible opposition, David feels that there is a genuine willingness from the Labour Party to challenge Government to tackle the housing issues that exist in Britain.

David spoke of the political change over the past few years, which “has stemmed from a feeling of disconnect” on both sides of the Atlantic, with those feeling left behind choosing not to maintain the status quo. The Grenfell fire was “beyond anyone’s worst nightmare” and is indicative of a failure in social housing. The political upshot of the fire is that Government has announced it will bring forward the ‘once in a generation’ green paper, which looks at the value and use of social housing in Britain. However, Grenfell is not just a failure of social housing; it is a failure of basic building practices and safety measures.

David finished his keynote speak by reminding us that we need to rethink the kind of nation we want to be. The housing sector invests in not only bricks and mortar, but the potential within. If we start from the assumption that regardless of background, everyone has potential, we can tap into a much larger talent pool, which could be transformational.

New GUAC Chair elected

Give us a Chance (GUAC) board members have elected a new Chair of the Board, following Jayne Entwistle’s departure from Great Places. Board member Jon Fisher, Head of Communities at Sovereign, takes over the role as Chair from today, Monday 10th September. Speaking of his appointment, Jon Fi...

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Sign up for the joint ERSA and Give us a Chance conference, London, 12 September 2018

Join ERSA and GUAC at this one day conference in central London on 12 September. The conference will play host to over 100 stakeholders and thought leaders from across the employment support and housing sectors and seeks to provide theoretical and practical examples of integrated services that ar...

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