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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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#HousingDay 2017: What social housing means to Riverside customers

Today is #HousingDay 2017 which celebrates the difference that social housing makes to people all over the country. This year the day is focused on telling customers’ stories and dispelling misconceptions about who lives in social housing.  Next year Riverside will be 90 years old and our roots go back to 1928. We began life

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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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An unprecedented threat to supported housing

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By John Glenton, Executive Director for Riverside Care and Support. The National Housing Federation’s ‘Starts at Home’ campaign which launched on Friday (1/9/17) comes at a crucial time for supported housing providers. For not only are we responding to huge increases in the numbers of homeless and older people needing support, we are also in

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Starts at Home day: Why providing homes and support for homeless people is so important

Starts at Home Day on 1 September 2017

 Three decades ago, John Glenton began work as a chef in a supported housing scheme. Today he runs national care and support services for the same organisation, Riverside. On Starts at Home day, he reflects on the importance of providing homes and support for homeless people as uncertainty over government funding for the sector continues…

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