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The connected world: How technology Is helping social housing provide better futures

by Vericon Systems - on 24/11/2021

Nearly 4 million households live in social housing settings. For social housing provider issues such as rising maintenance costs, welfare issues such as fuel poverty and excess winter deaths; as well as damp and mould issues caused by poor infrastructure are a priority in managing the welfare of their tenants. But what if there was a way to stamp out these risks and issues before they even arise, whilst making tenants lives better, safer, and healthier? This is where connected technologies can help.

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Understanding Fuel Poverty

by Billy Holt - on 15/11/2021

On the 20th October HACT launched a fundraising campaign for the Energy Hardship Fund. With fuel poverty set to increase this winter with the rising energy prices and cuts to universal credit, it became clear that a collective effort was needed to help residents struggling to heat their homes. We recently reached the £200,000 mark, and conversations around the fund have highlighted the need to better understand patterns, causes, and ways to mitigate fuel poverty. This blog uses Community Insight to look into patterns of fuel poverty in the West Midlands.

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COP 26: Drive Change Through Social Value

by Michael McLaughlin - on 12/11/2021

As 30,000 delegates have descended upon my home city for COP26, it has not been those representatives from NGOs, businesses, journalists, lobbyists, and negotiators who have captured the imagination. Ironically the 100,000 protesters who marched through the streets of Glasgow, demanding more action from those in charge, seem more able to drive change.

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How Long?

by Tom Murtha, NED for Nehemiah United Churches Housing Association. - on 18/10/2021

As we recognise Black History Month, Tom Murtha discusses the experiences we must learn from, as part of a truly fascinating and engaging session with our Racial Equality Group network, but feels strongly that learning and being anti-racist is not enough - more rapid action is needed.

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HACT research round-up: Looking back to 2020 

by Dr Frances Harkin - on 28/09/2021

HACT’s Head of Research Frances Harkin reflects on a turbulent 18 months, how she and others had to adapt in conducting and delivering research and discusses some of the fantastic work that resulted from the pandemic and the learnings gained.

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Driving a prosperous recovery

by Billy Holt, Market Insight Lead - on 22/09/2021

Following a recent report from the Institute for Global Prosperity, Billy Holt reflects on how Community Insight can help social housing organisations to demonstrate how they're meeting global goals in local places.

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Scottish Housing Day 2021

by Michael McLaughliln, Digital Lead - on 15/09/2021

As HACT continues to support Scottish social housing organisations through our Social Insight Partnership with SFHA, the upcoming COP26 in Glasgow is a reminder that net zero goals are of increasing significance to Scotland, and our sector.

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The value of digital inclusivity to social housing

by Billy Holt, Market Insight Lead - on 10/09/2021

To mark the launch of HACT's second White Paper with Hyperoptic which explores how connected technologies can deliver greater digital inclusivity and value for the future of social housing, we discuss key learnings from the report and its implications.

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Incorporating Smart Technology Throughout the Life Cycle of Your Buildings

by Morgan McAllister, Senior Marketing Executive, Invisible Systems - on 16/08/2021

This guest blog from our Launch Pad partner, Invisible Systems, explores how their remote monitoring solutions for housing associations can improve living standards for tenants while reducing business costs.

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Measuring life satisfaction

by Helen Dunn, Director of Policy & Analysis, Simetrica-Jacobs - on 10/08/2021

This blog, originally published on the Simetrica-Jacobs website, discusses the newly launched Green Book Supplementary Guidance which recommends Simetrica-Jacobs income coefficient to measure life satisfaction.

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