A friend in need is a friend indeed

Getting closer to your suppliers – the lessons learned from lockdown By Spencer Hill, Director at MCP2 Limited When the first Public Policy Note on the Covid-19 outbreak was released in March many organisations including HAs were suddenly reminded of the importance of their supply chain. Cue the frantic piano music from the early 20th Century…

Want to lower emissions? Look to modular homes

In the housing sector we hear a lot about the benefits of modern methods of construction – including that homes constructed off-site using modular build technologies have greenhouse gas emission reduction benefits. At Altair, our clients utilise off-site manufactured housing or “OSM”, a type of modern method of construction, to develop more homes quickly. But…

Be aware of your management style in lock-down

As we move into the eighth week of lock-down, conversations with contacts, colleagues, friends and family are starting to include reflections on the differing experiences of working remotely. An emerging and reoccurring theme in these interactions is around the approaches being taken by line managers, and more particularly management styles and communication. Many of us…

Challenging times for remuneration committees

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on executive remuneration in the private sector, but there are important considerations for the housing sector too. Interventions are well documented with >20% cuts in basic salaries and removal of 19/20 bonus awards for executives prevalent in listed companies. Many of these were implemented quickly in late March and…

The housing sector will be key to economic recovery

We live in unprecedented times with the major impact of coronavirus on economies worldwide and forecasts of a global recession. But the Social Housing sector has entered the crisis in a position of relative financial strength. Robust stress testing in the run up to Brexit has meant Housing Associations have established a range of mitigations…

What can happen if you don’t get your HR processes right?

In this issue Lynn Kennedy, recently appointed HR Director at Altair, considers the issue of disability discrimination at work. With substantial experience in employee relations Lynn explains the importance of robust HR practices, and the implications of a poorly executed process. ‘Didn’t know about disability’ defence not good enough In the recent tribunal case, Baldeh…

Why agile working matters

The social housing sector is currently going through an era of significant change and many housing associations are responding to this with huge investment in digital transformation programmes and moves to mobile and agile working for colleagues. They are looking at new ways of working to become more cost effective, enhance their services and to…