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State of the Nations CCH Conference Keith Edwards CIH Cymru July 2014. outline. Wales is different Mutuals & Co-ops f uture challenges. Wales is different. ….. but common challenges Not enough affordable homes q uality – especially private rented n ot enough money

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State of the NationsCCH ConferenceKeith Edwards CIH Cymru July 2014


outline

  • Wales is different

  • Mutuals & Co-ops

  • future challenges


Walesis different

….. but common challenges

  • Not enough affordable homes

  • quality– especially private rented

  • not enough money

  • tenants under pressure: low wages, welfare reform

  • housing associations under pressure: more for less

  • the end of participation?


Wales is different

  • Partnership Working

  • Equality & Social Justice

  • Housing = Government Priority

  • ‘social’ Housing = a good thing:

    #CouncilHomeChat #4SocialHousing

  • Innovation in challenging times

    Mutuals and Co-ops


Community mutuals

Stock Transfer

WHQS

WHQS plus

if you’re going to do it, do it well:

1.local local jobs / regeneration

2. community ownership


community mutuals:what they are

  • Model Rules: Cobbetts / Wales Co-op Centre)

    - all tenants can choose to be members

    - assets ‘belong’ to tenants

    - community regen= constitutional obligation

    - dynamic – local devolution

    - based on Co-operative Principles

  • Board: tenants / LA reps / local ‘independents’


community housing mutuals:where they are


devolution referendum 1997


general election 2010


referendum 2011: extending powers


% of population reporting ‘good health’


Location of long term illness


pupils failing to reach level 4 at Key Stage 2 (average for English and Maths)


index of multiple deprivation 2008


demand for debt advice services


South Wales coalfield


a Close Encounters moment?


community housing mutuals:who they are

Blaenavon

Pontypool

Cwmbran

  • ‘social enterprise run by staff and members ‘

  • public service ethos - provide support for people who need it

  • partnership with residents and the Council

  • maximise community benefits including local jobs & skills – in house

  • open to all tenants, leaseholders and homeowners living in Torfaen


community housing mutuals:who they are

Rhondda Valleys

Pontypridd

Aberdare

  • ‘more than a landlord’

  • membership open to tenants’ families and local residents.

  • constitutional commitment to community involvement and regeneration

  • innovative multi-million pound procurement process


community housing mutuals:who they are

Ebbw Vale

Tredegar

‘tenants at the heart of everything we do’

Neath

Port Talbot

‘no one knows communities better than the people who live there’


Outcomes:the Can Do Toolkit 1

  • targeted recruitment

    & training

  • core requirement

  • WG grants

  • direction of travel

    - UK and Europe

  • it works

  • it’s free


Outcomes:the Can Do Toolkit 2

  • SME Friendly procurement

  • improve client side skills

  • simplify procurement

  • upskill SMEs


a rebirth of co-op housing?

  • Ministerial commitment – 500 new homes

  • Emergence of community mutuals

  • Housing and Regeneration

  • Labour & Co-op driven ….

    but X Party support

  • Expertise: CCH and Wales Co-op Centre

  • It’s happening!


Pilot Schemes

Newport– Funding of £650,000 for 20 Shared Ownership co-operative houses within a mixed tenure development by theSeren Group on Loftus Gardens on ex-Pirelli site.


Pilot Schemes

Carmarthenshire – Funding of £851,150 for 27 co-operative Shared Equity houses being developed by the Council in partnership with Gwalia Housing Associationin Carmarthen.


Pilot Schemes

Cardiff – Funding of £408,000 for Cadwyn Housing Association to deliver a further 10 co-operative social rent properties within their ‘Garden Village’ style Ely Farm housing development. The plan already includes 31 homes for social rent – total 41 Co-operative Homes – Houses and Flats.


Future Challenges

Wales is a different country

  • no longer ‘England . . . and Wales’

  • we’re not Scotland

  • confidence and capacity

  • Wales and innovation:

    surely some mistake?


Future Challenges

Welsh Co-operative and Mutual Commission

Achieving a step change:

- education for co-operation

- advice support and development

- investment finance

- land and assets

- procurement

- intelligence and innovation

- networks and advocacy


revolutions start here!

‘Our part of the world is famous as a crucible of economic, social and environmental transformation … the Industrial Revolution … the Chartist Movement … the National Health Service’

GENuS consortium


diolchynfawrthank you

[email protected]

07990 887 895

@KeithEdwardsCIH


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