It has undeniably been a challenging and eventful year, and the political world and our society have seen quite a few upheavals
David Orr is Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation and recently former President of CECODHAS-Housing Europe, the European Liaison Committee for Social Housing. He has chaired the mobility taskforce which recently reported on how to increase social housing mobility. He also sits on the board of The Housing Finance Corporation (THFC). He was a member of the Social Investment Task Force which supports the development of social investment in the UK and is one of the founding directors of My Home Finance, a social enterprise set up by the federation to provide a new high street service offering affordable loans, money advice, bank accounts and linked savings accounts. Previously, David has been Chief Executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and of Newlon Housing Trust, having also worked with Centrepoint. David was awarded in 2010 an honorary membership of the CIH.
Housing association and council tenants are, in truth, just like the rest of us - people doing their best for themselves and their families. They are doing so in what are often cripplingly difficult circumstances. In these situations, nobody should be blamed for poverty or characterised as a cheat, scrounger or failure.
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As the Prime Minister has said, we simply need to build more homes. Today her government backed up that rhetoric with action, announcing an extra £1.4billion for more affordable homes as well as flexibility over how housing investment is spent.
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By providing secure homes for all we build a foundation on which anyone and everyone can build a better life for themselves. To hark back to Mr Cameron's comments that I referenced at the start, I can think of no better 'one nation' goal than that.
12/08/2015 18:16 BST
Housing associations are ready and willing to do more. We offer a partnership to agree objectives and produce a genuinely strategic response. What the current generation, and their children's generation, need is a government and housing sector that work together to help them into the homes they need. This isn't about generating headlines, it's about building homes and meeting families' aspirations and the need to work together to achieve that.
09/07/2015 12:25 BST
Housing is already shaping up to be one of the key issues in the manifestos and in the election campaign. That's great. But the headline issue in the Conservative Party manifesto is a promise to extend the Right to Buy. This is comprehensively the wrong solution. In fact, as a measure to end the housing crisis, this is just about the worst idea yet.
14/04/2015 11:03 BST
This is not a series of individual failures. This is a structural economic failure which is resulting in acute human misery and frustration. It is limiting our prospects for sustained economic growth. It is a failure of politics and government.
03/03/2015 17:38 GMT
If you are an avid reader of the <em>Daily Telegraph</em> or <em>Times</em> you will be aware that there is a new round of speculation that some of our politicians are interested in extending the Right to Buy to housing associations... If there is a serious proposal to legislate again, it will fail again. And here's why.
12/02/2015 17:28 GMT
The housing market is fundamentally different to that of 1980. But was Right to Buy a good thing, and is it a useful measure now?
09/04/2014 13:22 BST
We have plenty of land - despite what some people will tell you. As a nation, we can afford to make the investment which puts people back to work, is good for the economy and which delivers great homes. It will take time but it is possible. So why are we not building?
21/02/2014 09:01 GMT
Despite the obvious need, the clear demand and the huge economic benefits we still fail to invest in housing. We still have the hysterical reaction of the well-heeled and well housed to the idea of new homes being built.
10/12/2013 12:38 GMT
We can't afford to be caught unaware like this again. There is too much at stake: the country is in a housing crisis and needs housing associations to build homes, while millions of people around the country depend on them for shelter. These businesses need to be strong and must be able to weather even the harshest of storms.
15/11/2013 11:25 GMT
While a quarter of parents said having their grown-up children at home had brought their family closer together, others were not so positive. A fifth said it caused them stress and a further fifth said it had caused family arguments. Worryingly, one in ten parents said having a grown-up child living at home has caused them to fall into debt.
06/09/2013 11:21 BST
For hundreds of thousands of other babies born in the UK this year, such housing options will be fantasy. But the least they will expect when finding a job after school or university is that their wages pay for a roof over their head, with enough left over to live a decent life, cover their bills and set aside towards their pension.
22/07/2013 10:22 BST
We commissioned a ComRes survey that found four out of five employers said the lack of affordable housing was choking economic growth, with 70% warning it was affecting their ability to attract and keep workers.
03/06/2013 23:39 BST
We desperately need housing to be a national priority to deliver a huge increase in new homes. Our continued failure to tackle this problem head on hits millions of families hard, denies people the opportunity to buy their own home, traps increasing numbers of working people in benefit dependency at huge cost to the public purse and acts as a real brake on economic growth.
15/11/2012 18:13 GMT
For people, for neighbourhoods, for the economy, for aspiration, for the strivers and all of those who do the right thing, we must say Yes to homes.
22/10/2012 10:58 BST
For over seven million people last year their housing associations became their great team and provided that support. But they have done much, much more than just give them a much-needed hand up.
08/08/2012 10:50 BST
For those of us involved in housing, the growth agenda is what matters. We understand how important growth is for the economy and how essential it is that we create new jobs, not least because so many housing associations are exploring ways of assisting their residents to get into work.
21/03/2012 16:46 GMT
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