What are the internal and external social challenges face d by MAFB housing employees and what strategies can managers use to minimize these issues and maintain quality of life standards.
What are the internal and external social challenges faced by MAFB
Topic: What are the internal and external social challenges face d by MAFB housing employees and what strategies can managers use to minimize these issues and maintain quality of life standards.
Social Housing: How do we meet the current challenges?
When asked to produce something that’s titled a “View of ….” anything it’s tempting to drift easily into clichés about changing times and how extraordinary our current operating environment is. And it’s true that Brexit, with all its associated economic and political uncertainty, and also the horrific wake-up call that is the Grenfell Tower tragedy, are once in a lifetime events. We all need to take account of these external factors when ensuring the strategic fit of our plans and ambitions. Also, whatever the “extra-ordinary” issues are at any time, it feels like they always come back to requiring one key strategic objective from our businesses.
Like many housing associations we at Irvine are grappling with the challenge of trying to achieve a trinity of outcomes.
Firstly is rent affordability. As a sector it’s unacceptable for us to keep increasing rents above inflation. To have business plans assuming that we can do this in the long-term. The vast majority of our tenants will not have incomes that keep pace with inflation over the coming years. So seeking to charge them more is ethically wrong and makes no business sense. Tenants who are struggling to sustain their tenancies end up requiring more resources from us. Continued ‘inflation plus’ increases will also ultimately mean our homes are unaffordable. We will be ceasing to genuinely provide social housing and, ultimately, we will face falling demand.