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International Women’s Day: ‘Barriers only made me more determined to succeed’

Before she worked in housing, Riverside’s Leann Hearne blazed a trail in a man’s world. On International Women’s Day 2017, she offers a personal reflection ‘Be Bold for Change’ is this year’s theme for International Women’s Day, and Leann has certainly managed to be that over the last 30 years. Throughout her career, she’s overcome

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Riverside apprentice is on track to gain valuable work experience

It’s National Apprenticeship Week and Riverside is proud to be helping young people take their first step in to the working world. Our Employment and Training programme is there to help people on the path to learn new skills so they can secure a job and transform their life. Among those we have helped is

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Government needs to deliver a regional approach to housing

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The Housing White Paper has done little to provide answers for the regional challenges the sector faces, says Carol Matthews, Riverside’s Chief Executive A month has passed and the dust is settling on the much anticipated Housing White Paper. Did it live up to your expectations, or are you a bit disappointed that the elusive

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Consultation reveals regional inequality of supported housing LHA caps

The Boundaries

The Government consultation on the funding of supported housing closed on 13 February and we must now await the Green Paper in the spring which will set out further detailed information. Riverside advocates the need for supported housing funding reform as the current system is unsustainable, and there is much to welcome in the Government’s

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Residents urged to have their say on future of Bromley estates

Residents are being invited to share their views on multi-million pound proposals to regenerate two Bromley estates. Riverside is asking people living in Pike Close and Calverley Close to have a say on what’s important to them. The housing association is planning to invest millions of pounds to build warmer homes that are cheaper for

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New affordable home ownership made possible with £15m funding

Hundreds of more people will be able to get a foot on the property ladder after Riverside secured over £15 million to build more than 500 new homes. We were successful in securing funding from the Homes and Communities Agency’s Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme to give more people the opportunity to have an

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Housebuilding should be a key role in government’s plans

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Carol Matthews, Riverside’s Chief Executive, looks at how building more affordable homes in the North will help retain talent and rebalance the economy. The government has rightly identified the lack of available and affordable good quality homes as potentially the biggest social policy challenge facing this country. I understand that the much-anticipated Housing White Paper will shortly

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Supported Housing: the new North South Divide

Carol Matthews

Carol Matthews, Riverside’s Chief Executive, examines the regional disparities of Local Housing Allowance rates. Supported housing is high cost and low margin social housing provision, it provides homes and services for the most vulnerable people in society. The Government has acknowledged its importance in the recent consultation document, but the decision to change the way supported housing is

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Help is at hand for tenants affected by Benefit Cap

Stephen Chapman, Riverside’s Community Engagement Project Manager, explains the impact the Benefit Cap is having on tenants. As anyone working in housing knows, changes to the welfare system have come thick and fast in recent years. Now the £20,000-a-year Benefit Cap has been rolled out nationwide, we know that around 250 Riverside customers are affected

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Showing our support for NHF’s “Owning Our Future”

Riverside is supporting the National Housing Federations “Owning our Future” campaign Housing associations are united by a single purpose – to ensure everyone in the country can live in a quality home that they can afford. We meet shifting housing needs by building more homes, by providing extra support when it’s needed and by innovating

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