CCH Bulletin Spring 2008
The Newsletter of the Co-operative and Mutual Housing Sector in England and Wales.
In this issue :
- Welcome to your new job minister
- We'd got this newsletter drafted and ready for printing, and then - hey ho - along comes a new housing minister, Caroline Flint, trumpeting in her maiden speech about how unemployment statistics in social housing are too high and she wants to link tenants' homes to looking for jobs. Well we really couldn't leave that go by without commenting.
- Terry Edis MBE
- Terry managed to get himself an MBE in the New Year's honours list!
- Fixing co-ops (or just making sure they don't need fixing)
- As reported in the last Bulletin, CCH is now providing support and guidance to its member organisations and other housing co-ops. We are currently assisting a number of co-ops with a variety of issues.
- Talent, enterprise & empowerment
- With the Government pledging ambitious targets for the building of new homes, and with sweeping changes planned to the Government's delivery and regulation framework, housing has shot up the political agenda.
- The rise of the humble housing co-op?
- Could it be our time? With the rise in Government house building targets, could it possibly be that we might see the growth of new and existing housing co-ops? Hmmm - we know it should be the case - but could it?
- Building housing co-ops from the ashes?
- Argyle Street Housing (ASH) Co-op in Cambridge is planning a new development.
- Samantha and "Little Syd"
- Reproduced from ASH Co-op's report "The Case for New Co-operative Housing in Cambridge"
- Reinterpretation - an interesting word. Always look on the bright side of life. No matter how much crap life throws at you, reinterpret it by looking on the bright side. Somehow things won't be so bad - Yeah Right!
- Member services
- At a recent CCH planning weekend, as well as the informal work we generally try to do for our members, these were items that were suggested as things we might be doing.
- Gateways three & four
- The end of 2007 saw the setting up of the third and fourth Community Gateway Associations, using the model developed by the CCH. The two new Gateways are Greenfields Community Housing in Braintree and Phoenix Community Housing in Lewisham.
- We want you!
- If you agree with us about the importance of community control, maybe you should come and join us. This is the part of the newsletter where we do the hard sell to get more people involved with our General Council.
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