September 22, 2010

Housing People; Financing Housing

By Natalie Elphicke. Edited by Natalie Evans.

Housing People; Financing Housing recommends that housing associations should be set free to raise money through methods like equity investment. This so-called “equitisation” could raise £30 billion and build an extra 100,000 new homes a year. Using the housing association sector’s profits to raise money from organisations like pension funds would save taxpayers £5 billion in government grants, as well as helping solve Britain’s chronic housing shortages.

The report recommends associations should move towards social enterprise structures modelled on the successes of the Co-op, the John Lewis Partnership or BUPA. Under these mutual models, investors use flexible methods like buying preference stock – where interest gets paid only when the housing association is in profit.


Natalie Evans

Deputy Director, 2008-2011

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