PROPERTY: Are Housing Associations Getting Too Big? - Social Housing September Series With Neil Goodrich

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Published Sep 18, 2022, 11:00 PM

In the 3rd episode of the TPNP UK Housing Association series, Rob and Neil Goodrich sit down to discuss whether they are getting too big and unwieldy. They look at examples of both types of associations to tease out the answer to the question: are housing associations, in the UK, getting too big? As well as using their experience to provide their take on what the ideal size for this type of organisation is.

  • Being a small organisation does not automatically mean you will be a good housing association.
  • Big and large associations both have distinct advantages and disadvantages.
  • Big associations not fulfilling their obligations have a significant negative impact on society, because they are affecting so many families (tenants).
  • The type of housing stock an association owns has a significant impact on how many units it can physically run efficiently.
  • If an aspect of the association is not working well, e.g., the repair service is inefficient. You can fix the issue fast with 50 units. When you have 125,000 units, sorting things out is like climbing a mountain.
  • When housing associations merge, they tend to carry on using their separate systems, which is part of the reason things go wrong. Neil demonstrates why that is, in the podcast.
  • The UK needs both big and large organisations. For example, a small association that tackles housing for a sector of society with special needs makes sense.

‘There is an argument that when you get to around 50/60,000 units, you get too big to manage effectively… but there are advantages and disadvantages.
‘Somewhere around 50 to 60,000 units does feel like the right balance.’
‘Being big is not necessarily a problem, it's about being effective.’
Neil Goodrich Twitter: @NGoodrichHsg 
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