Blog: November 2021

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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