Housing associations’ social purpose is now urgent


We have to renew efforts to relieve the pressure on disadvantaged communities who have suffered most during the pandemic, says Bob Kerslake

This has been the most challenging year of many people’s lives. The pandemic has changed everything. The health emergency continues and the impact of the economic fallout will be with us for years to come. Across the public and private sector we all have a role to play in addressing this and creating social value that will enhance our communities’ resilience and prosperity.

For housing associations, supporting residents through these difficult times is vital. At Peabody we have seen a 133% increase in residents receiving universal credit since last March and just 15% of people who lost their job as a result of the economic shutdown have found paid work again.

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