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Housing Association Summit

A Summit hosted by Waltham Forest Council on 11 March at Vestry House Museum in Walthamstow Village called together a variety of Housing Associations and other partners and sector experts.

Councillor Khevyn Limbajee, Cabinet Member for Housing, said, “Many Housing Associations that own stock in the borough already help the Council deliver on issues such as community safety, fuel poverty and creating employment.

“This summit was called in a bid to harness the good work Housing Associations do to help deliver on the authority’s social programmes. We wanted to discuss how we can work together as effectively as possible so that we deliver maximum benefit for our residents and spend every penny wisely.”

After an opening welcome address from Council Leader Chris Robbins, Nick Raynsford MP, a leading campaigner in the field of housing, talked to the assembled representatives on the value of partnerships.

Issues such as how affordability problems affect all sections of the housing market and how a diverse range of housing providers can help provide the right mix of accommodation were outlined by Mr Raynsford.

Councillor Limbajee followed with a speech detailing plans for growth, housing and regeneration in the borough. Before attending the Summit, delegates were supplied with a copy of the Council’s recently published Housing Prospectus.

Titled ‘Building for the Future – Delivering Housing for Everyone in Waltham Forest’, the prospectus provides a direction and an overview of housing development in the borough for the coming years.

The Summit later moved on to a session that saw ideas for enhanced and better integrated joint working outlined by Council officers from areas including Neighbourhoods and Anti-Social Behaviour, Local Business, Employment and Training, Adult Social Care and Public Health.                      

PHOTO: Cllr Limbajee addresses assembled guests at the Housing Summit

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