Why are housing associations merging?

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As Optivo and Southern announce they have entered talks to create a 77,000-home social landlord, consultant Greg Campbell talks us through the key factors driving mergers in the housing association sector.

Housing associations are disappearing, will they become endangered?

Well, that’s quite an exaggeration, but the number of registered providers on the Regulator of Social Housing’s (RSH) books has fallen quite a bit in the past few years.

According to an RSH statistical summary published last year there were 1,424 providers registered with RSH across England as of 31 March 2020.

This compares to 1,570 five years ago, meaning the total number of associations registered fell by 9% between 2016 and 2020.

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