Empty Homes Network

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Submitted by David Gibbens on 24 Nov 2015 - 13:27

Following a letter we sent to Rt Hon. Greg Clark, MP, Secretary of State for Local Government and Communities, the Empty Homes Network has now received a response from Brandon Lewis, MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning.

In our letter, we had offered the collective expertise and experience of EHN as a resource to help the government develop its empty homes strategy and invited the Secretary of State to consider our Spending Review submission. In our final paragraph, we emphasised the role that the government could play in supporting local initiatives and sought a meeting to discuss ways forward:

What then also needs to be grasped is that, in the era of localism, central government can play a vital role in adding value to local initiatives. We would appreciate the opportunity to help you engage with that role by discussing in more detail some of our proposals.  If you are minded to accept our offer, could we arrange to meet you to discuss...

Submitted by David Gibbens on 23 Nov 2015 - 15:01

New research from David Mullins and Halima Sacranie at the School of Social Policy, Birmingham University, spells out in detail the achievements of community housing organisations funded through the government's Community Grants Programme for empty homes.

The clearly-written 150+-page report (accessible via our information library from here) is the outcome of high-quality research using a variety of methodologies and its main recommendations, listed below, are thoroughly documented. If you are interested in what makes things work well, the report is essential reading.


The recommendations are as follows:

  1. Extract Key Learning From Case Studies: Undertake research to inform sector legacy work by extracting key learning from these case studies and building on the scenarios...