Jonathan Schifferes, Jake Thorold (RSA)

Year of publication: 2017

The RSA Inclusive Growth Commission set out to identify practical ways to make local economies across the UK more economically inclusive and prosperous. This report focuses on the role of housing in supporting inclusive growth and identifies five key contributions that housing associations make.

1. Manage and maintain affordable homes

Housing associations provide affordable housing allowing low income households to access labour market opportunities and release more of their income into the local economy.

2. Invest in tenants and residents

Housing associations provide training, apprenticeships, coaching, support and grants to their residents and communities.

3. Maximise inclusive growth within their organisations

Through their supply chains, apprentice employment and living wage commitments, housing associations are important anchors in many local economies.

4. Support the most vulnerable to live independently

As the biggest providers of supported and specialist housing, housing associations deliver preventative approaches to potential social issues.

5. Delivery of new homes

Housing associations deliver new homes across the country and importantly continue to do so during market downturns.

Content type: Anchor institutions

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Five ways housing associations underpin inclusive growth

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