Hold tight for a bonfire of RP VfM arrangements

If I mention 29 March 2019 and Halloween, the chances are you’ll respond with the B-word. However, while Europe awaits the ghoulish Halloween Brexit resolution, with equal trepidation, Registered Providers (RPs) anticipate firecrackers when the Social Housing Regulator pronounces on Value for Money (VfM), as Guy Fawkes is being burned. Almost a year to the…

Altair & Devonshires Seminar – 4th July

Governance : Codes, Conduct and Responsibilities  04 Jul 18 |  9:30 am – 1:00 pm |  Devonshires Solicitors LLP, 30 Finsbury Circus, London, EC2M 7DT.   The fallout from Carillion in the construction sector and First Priority Housing in the RP sector will once again cast a significant spotlight on governance and the role of boards, executives…

Don’t Forget the Squirrels

Getting tenant engagement right is a complex process. It involves embedding a culture of empathy for the services user and has to be led from the top. But as the focus moves back onto service user needs, boards and executives can’t go far wrong by looking at the humble complaints process as starter for ten.…

Five Years On – The Legacy of Cosmopolitan  

A lot has changed since 2012, when Altair wrote our report on the ‘Lessons Learned’ from the near collapse of Cosmopolitan. Improvements have been made, with most of the recommendations from our report now fully implemented. However, there is a serious risk that these improvements will not keep up with the increasing complexity of the…

Murja re-brands to ATFS

Today sees the launch of Aquila Treasury Finance & Solutions (ATFS), formerly Murja Ltd, a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) accredited treasury consultancy. ATFS will form the treasury and finance service of Altair, the housing consultancy, who are both wholly owned subsidiaries of Aquila Services Group plc. The ATFS re- branding is launched at the Scottish…

Supported Housing Funding – The Next Steps

The Government published its long-awaited proposals on the future funding of supported housing at the end of last month. There will be three different approaches from April 2020 depending on the type of supported housing involved: Sheltered and extra care housing – housing designated for occupation mainly by over-55s with care and support needs, with…

STOP PRESS : Altair joins forces with pod

Altair has today announced that through its parent company Aquila Group Services Plc, it has purchased pod development and financial modelling. Co-founded by Matt Carroll and Hannah Breitschädel in 2008, pod is a multidisciplinary construction and regeneration consultancy. They specialise in all aspects of development consultancy and financial modelling including their ‘podplan’, a bespoke development…