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How the sector can make a Big Change on homelessness

We simply cannot allow the rise in rough sleeping to carry on, writes Riverside’s Chief Executive Carol Matthews. With the recent cold snap, it just makes you think how dreadful it must be to spend a night on the streets and sadly, more people have to. Homelessness remains a massive problem for our country. Just walk down

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Riverside’s response to the Government’s consultation on housing costs for sheltered housing and extra care accommodation

Riverside is one of the largest charitable housing association groups in the country, owning and managing over 53,000 homes across England and Scotland. We are a significant provider of supported housing, delivering homes and services to over 10,000 customers across 872 schemes. Of these 223 schemes are sheltered housing and 15 are extra care. We

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Homelessness: Funding for short-term supported housing must remain in the main welfare system – Riverside’s response to Government consultation

Riverside is one of the largest charitable housing association groups in the country, owning and managing over 53,000 homes across England and Scotland. We are a large provider of supported housing, delivering homes and services to over 10,000 customers across 872 services. We are England’s third largest provider of homelessness services. We welcome the Government’s

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Time for a more thoughtful look at rents

Following the rent settlement announcement, it is time to have a real think about how rent-setting can be made affordable, transparent and consistent, says Riverside’s Chief Executive Carol Matthews. The sector has celebrated the return (from 2020/21) to maximum rent increases of CPI + 1%. At Riverside, we welcomed the announcement too, and the impact it

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Social Housing: How do we meet the current challenges?

Roof tops in Headingley, Leeds.

Paul Hillard, Managing Director of Irvine Housing Association, part of the Riverside group, reflects on the current state of the social housing sector.   When asked to produce something that’s titled a “View of ….” anything it’s tempting to drift easily into clichés about changing times and how extraordinary our current operating environment is. And

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Riverside gives cautious welcome to Government’s proposed funding for supported housing

As a major provider of housing with care and support, Riverside has cautiously welcomed yesterday’s Ministerial statement (October 31), setting out proposals for a new funding system for supported housing. The 52,500-home housing association is pleased that the Government has moved a long way from its original plan to restrict housing benefit to Local Housing

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What can we do to help tackle the rise in homelessness?

It’s World Homeless Day on October 10, which highlights the issue of people who are homeless in our communities. Riverside Care and Support provides accommodation and support for people experiencing homelessness, and John Glenton, Riverside’s Executive Director of Care and Support, explains what we are doing to increase our impact in tackling the current rise

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Delivering homes for the North of England

Roof tops in Headingley, Leeds.

Housing is key to revitalising the North of England, but it’s more important to look to the future than the past, says Carol Matthews, Riverside’s Chief Executive. Good quality, affordable housing of the right type and in the right place is essential to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. It should also be seen as an

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Homelessness: Riverside’s response to this week’s National Audit Office report

This week’s report from the National Audit Office confirms what we are seeing on a daily basis across the country as we work with more and more people affected by homelessness. As the third largest provider of homelessness services in the country, we are acutely aware of the increase in rough sleepers and people threatened

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2017: Let’s talk

Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day this Sunday 10 September, Riverside Care and Support’s Liz Turner considers why talking and listening could help to save a life. Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. Some of these people may be linked to

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