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The council’s Press and PR Officer Debbie Harrison has issued an account of a meeting convened to discuss how to ensure enough quality homes and support services for Birmingham’s citizens. The report may be read here.

Speakers included the Leader of Birmingham City Council Cllr John Clancy, Cllr John Cotton, Birmingham City Council’s housing service director, the chair of Birmingham Social Housing Partnership and the External Affairs Manager of the National Housing Federation.

Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for Neighbourhood Management and Homes, Cllr John Cotton, said: “Today’s conference (has) set up groups of people committed to working out how best to provide housing for people with specialist needs – such as sheltered housing and extra care – and those in need of social housing.  We are also going to work together to increase the provision of affordable, quality homes, whether owner occupier or privately rented and we will meet again next month.”

Jonathan Driffill, Chair of Birmingham Social Housing Partnership – a partnership of thirtyfive Housing Associations and housing providers working in Birmingham – said that as the government focusses on increasing the number of homes available to buy, there is a risk that some of the essential support services that housing associations provide will start to disappear. He explained that by working collaboratively with local charities and other support organisations BSHP would be better able to continue to provide services that help people find work, stay out of debt, or recover from hardship.

Housing providers then signed a statement of intent committing them to work together to develop a collaborative multi-agency approach to homes and neighbourhoods and to develop a comprehensive housing offer for Birmingham. Existing partnerships will be strengthened to ensure enough quality homes and support services for Birmingham’s citizens.