Abstracts: September 10th, 2001

The social housing sector is facing a period of rapid change, with the Government calling for local authorities to develop the strategic housing role by separating this from the landlord function. This study by HACAS Chapman Hendy examined the ways in which local authorities influence the operation and shape of the social housing sector. They are being asked to: develop a more interventionist stance as strategic authorities; protect the rights of consumers; provide community leadership; develop more robust approaches to evaluating and addressing housing need and demand; and intervene in housing markets. Implications which need addressing, include how to meet the costs of the new role and how smaller authorities might deliver the role following the transfer of stock to other landlards.Published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. www.jrf.gor.uk