So, I recently went to the TPAS Awards which was an absolute honour and also a complete shock. I didn’t know what the awards were about or what the night was going to entail until I had a phone call from Shelly (Linc Community Engagement Officer). She explained to me that, after a discussion with her team, they were going to nominate me for the Tenant of the Year award. I was shocked to say the least. Also a little bit nervous and excited at the same time. Although suddenly a horror hit me… please tell me I don’t have to make a speech! Once I had been assured I wouldn’t have to do that, I just went with the excitement.

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There are numerous barriers facing small companies who wish to build houses. These include lack of access to relevant funding, a lack of workers with sufficient skills, and over-burdensome housing regulations. However, in my experience of discussing the matter with the members of the Federation of Master Builders, the main barrier facing building companies is the planning system. In this blog post, I will state exactly what these barriers are, and then discuss why getting to grips with these barriers is important in the context of the demand for more affordable homes.

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Demonstrating and delivering “value for money” (VFM) are important and significant challenges for the housing association sector in Wales. Taking a robust approach to VFM provides an opportunity not only to show how money is spent and resources used but also to demonstrate the impact of investment whilst offering the potential for associations to achieve more and better outcomes.

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