Housing associations must radically improve their performance and
provide more neighbourhood services or they will fail their
communities, the National Housing Federation has warned.
Chief executive Jim Coulter told a conference in London last week
that the sector had individual successes. But he added: “If we
don’t start succeeding as a sector we will be damned as a
He said: “We need to rise and meet the aspirations of whole
neighbourhoods – young families, older people, key workers. How we
achieve this is what we’re faced with today.”
The federation will launch a project, In Business for
Neighbourhoods, at its annual conference in September. This will
look at how associations can expand their role from house builders
to providers of other services, such as education.