Blog: 2013

Does it make sense to stop the Census?

by Jim Vine - on 11/12/2013

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has opened up a consultation period to see if the 2011 Census should in fact be the last. The alternative option they present for future data gathering will not be able to deliver statistics down to the same fine-grained geographies that the current Census delivers. Our Community Insight mapping programme relies on detailed open data sources to help housing providers better target services in their communities. We have responded to the ONS with reasons why the Census needs to continue for the benefit of UK housing sector.

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Huge new functionality upgrades planned as Community Insight enters second year

by Matt Leach - on 13/11/2013

After a very successful first year, HACT's Chief Executive Matt Leach gives a first look at the new upgrades to be added Community Insight in 2014.

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Understanding Wellbeing Valuation

by Lizzie Trotter - on 29/10/2013

With HACT shortly publishing the next stage of its work on measuring social impact in the housing sector, Social Impact Measurment Advisor Lizzie Trotter explains how the Wellbeing Valuation works and how it is being applied to HACT's work.

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Mapping the future

by Matt Leach - on 27/09/2013

As the next big upgrade to Community Insight functionality is launched, HACT's Chief Executive Matt Leach looks back on a year of development and innovation.

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Don't Look Back

by Tom Murtha - on 26/09/2013

HACT's Chair Tom Murtha comments that housing providers can only succeed if they are willing to accept change, support innovation and diversify to meet future demands of the sector.

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Who’s on your patch?

by Jim Vine - on 05/09/2013

HACT's Director of Innovation and Business Development Jim Vine talks about the brand new Community Insight feature launched today that enables providers to see who is working near and your stock.

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Looking back

by Tom Murtha - on 16/08/2013

An integrated approach to housing, health and education would enhance lives and save millions but pay-to-stay isn’t the answer, says Tom Murtha.

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Housing Technology magazine: Big data – Time to pool our resources?

by Matt Leach - on 22/07/2013

It’s time the housing sector raised its game on data, creating its own shared big data resource, pooling data resources from across the sector for shared insights, data-led innovation and the development of new tools. But it shouldn't stop at existing sources of data, and if we’re going to make the most if it, we need to look beyond the sector for groundbreaking expertise, argues Matt Leach, CEO of HACT.

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Dead End

by Tom Murtha - on 22/07/2013

HACT's Chair Tom Murtha asks if we are currently witnessing the death of social housing?

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We should welcome rather than worry about a diversifying housing sector

by Matt Leach - on 21/06/2013

Matt Leach, HACT’s CEO argues that the housing regulator should welcome diversification of the sector, and think again about the proposed ring-fence.

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