Housing Hartlepool hosts coalition government seminar
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HOUSING HARTLEPOOL HOSTS COALTION GOVERNMENT SEMINAR
Housing Hartlepool has hosted an event where housing associations bosses and social housing stakeholders were given the inside track on working with the new coalition Government.
Lord Matthew Taylor, who chairs the National Housing Federation, was the keynote speaker at the seminar held at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, which was attended by delegates from across the North East.
Lord Taylor is the former Liberal Democrat MP for Truro and St Austell, a constituency which he represented in the House of Commons for 23 years.
Group Chief Executive Cath Purdy, who is the National Housing Federation’s North East chair, said: “It is the first time for 70 years that the country has a coalition Government and so it is unknown territory for most people.
“It is vital that those in the social housing sector, partner organisations and stakeholders are made aware of how the new Coalition Government works, its priorities and processes and procedures.
“Housing Hartlepool is delighted to have hosted the event where Lord Taylor, an extremely experienced and knowledgeable politician, gave delegates a very useful insight into the Coalition Government.”
Monica Burns, National Housing Federation North East regional manager, said: “Housing Hartlepool was chosen to host this event because I wanted to showcase Hartlepool’s innovative regeneration projects to Lord Taylor.
“The aim of the seminar was to equip delegates with practical information about how affordable housing will link in with the Coalition Government’s policies and the demands it faces regarding finances and resources in the current economic climate.”
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Notes to editors: Housing Hartlepool is the largest housing association in Hartlepool.
It was set up in March 2004 to take over the ownership and management of the Council's rented housing stock following a positive ballot by tenants. It is a not for profit charitable organisation.
Housing Hartlepool is run by a voluntary board that consists of four tenant members, four council nominees and four independent people.
The company manages 7,000 properties throughout the Hartlepool area and surrounding villages. These range from five-bedroom family houses to flats for single people. In addition there is a wide range of bungalows and sheltered housing complexes for the elderly.
In addition to its core landlord role Housing Hartlepool is also the main housing regeneration agent in the town and is developing much needed affordable homes in the area.
For more information, go to: www.housinghartlepool.org.uk
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