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Voluntary Right to Buy for housing association tenants

In the Comprehensive Spending Review the Chancellor has announced that eligible tenants will be able to register for a pilot of the Voluntary Right to Buy scheme (RTB) that will enable them to purchase their housing association home with the help of a Government funded discount. Successful applications will be able to progress up to

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls

When I hear the stories of women, many with children, whose physical and mental health were shattered by violence in the home, it’s harrowing. Then, I hear the stories of those same women whose lives have been transformed. Take Jane*, a 27-year-old with a young daughter. She was first assaulted by her ex-partner in 2012;

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Preparing older people for the cold snap

By Lisa Anderson, LiveTime officer. Age UK claims that each winter one elderly person will die needlessly, every seven minutes. This is a stark statistic, and I’m pleased to see the charity call on the government to improve energy efficiency and end fuel poverty, especially for older people. In light of this shocking home truth,

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Anti-Bullying Week – Be brave, be heard and be kind

By John Glenton, Riverside’s chair of Spectrum.   This week is Anti-Bullying Week in England and the theme is making a noise about bullying. We all need to stand up and speak out against bullying, but if you are a victim it’s difficult to find the strength and confidence to challenge it. Bullying in the

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Tackling unemployment and skills shortages in Merseyside

By Nick Stephenson, Riverside’s project manager for employment and training. This week the National Housing Federation released their Home Truths report, which not only revealed the cost of home ownership in the regions, but also the impact of unemployment and underemployment on people’s ability to get onto the housing ladder. Nationally, 6.2% of working age

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Helping first-time buyers onto the property ladder

By Ian Gregg, Riverside’s Director of Asset Management. The figures from the National Housing Federation’s latest report on the state of the housing market in the North West make sober reading. A shortage of affordable homes is pushing house prices out of reach for the average person. This combined with low wage growth means that

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Intensive intervention case study

When Nat was referred to Riverside’s Intensive Intervention project via her housing officer, she had given up hope. Nat was victimised for years, living as male to female trans, but was too scared to report it. The final straw came when she was broken into and had death threats painted on her walls. She phoned

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Tailored support to prevent young people losing their homes

One of the UK’s leading housing associations has launched a national tailored support service to help troubled young people avoid losing their homes. As part of its ongoing commitment to help its customers lead resilient lives, Riverside piloted Intensive Intervention in Cumbria last year. Eight months on, all households at risk of losing their home

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Straight allies – who needs them?

Northern Pride

By Roisin Rowley-Smith, communications officer Before I’d even arrived at M & S Bank buildings in Chester for Stonewall’s Straight Allies training I’d struggled with the preparation for the course.  Choosing my role models proved a difficult task.  Atticus Finch, the lawyer who fought racism in To Kill a Mockingbird was an obvious choice for

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Why we are proud to be part of Pride

LGBT icon rainbow flag

John Glenton, director of operations in Care and Support and chair of Spectrum Pride marches across our cities have become a familiar sight during the summer months, with families enjoying celebrations across the length and breadth of the country.  This year, our staff and tenants are flying the flag for LGBT equality in Manchester, Liverpool,

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