Residents, Social Landlords and Community Groups invited to cost of living think tank

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This Housing Plus Academy event will explore ways different groups are responding to the crisis.

Always keen to tackle significant issues, the Housing Plus Academy has announced its next think tank event, which will focus on the cost of living crisis. Taking place on 20th October, this unique event will bring residents, as well as social landlords, councils, advisory bodies, and community groups, to uncover solutions to challenges caused by acute financial pressures.

Led by the London School of Economics (LSE) Housing and Communities team, the Housing Plus Academy is a partnership between LSE Housing, the NCRC (National Communities Resource Centre) and 17 leading social landlords. Since its formation in 2015, over 1,500 participants, including front-line staff, social housing tenants, and third-sector organisations, have attended the Academy’s 40+ think tanks and workshops, with findings produced from these events recently gaining ‘world-leading’ status from the national Research Excellence Framework.

The event, sponsored by Clarion Housing Group and LSE’s Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund, will explore how the cost of living crisis is affecting people, and how housing associations, local authorities and community groups are supporting struggling households. The aim of the event is to find collaborative solutions to ease the burden. Findings from the event will be written up and shared directly with government officials.

Professor Anne Power, Chair of NCRC said: “This extreme situation is new territory, with unprecedented rises in costs affecting our homes, health, and livelihoods. We must work together, now more than ever, to overcome these challenges. NCRC believes that by giving everyone a seat at the table to share their experiences, we will be more productive than battling single-handedly. Thanks to our sponsors, we will be able to offer funded places for residents and community groups who would otherwise not be able to attend.”

Event sponsors, Clarion, have been a sponsor of the Housing Plus Academy for seven years. Steph Noyce, Head of Money and Digital at Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, said: “We’re proud to be sponsoring this important event, bringing together housing professionals from across the sector to explore how best to engage with and support their residents at this difficult time. Our residents are at the heart of everything we do, and we believe the best way to respond to a crisis like this is to work together and design solutions based on their needs and experiences, so we look forward to seeing what comes out of the event.”

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