Study into effect of housing groups

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A HOUSING group is one of seven similar organisations working on a study into the economic impact they have on the northern economy.

Durham County Council’s housing arm, Durham City Homes, is involved with the research by the Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) and Sheffield Hallam University

The study will consider the impact the sector has financially and its effect on employment levels.

It will focus on the day-to-day activity of housing providers, such as repairs, maintenance and housing management.

NHC chief executive Jo Boaden said, “The consortium has recognised that it is increasingly important for housing to be able to evidence our economic impact.

“This innovative project will set out an authoritative evidence base ahead of the next Comprehensive Spending Review.”

“We are delighted to be working with Durham City Homes on this exciting project.

“We are grateful for their contribution towards the cost of the research.”

Simon Bartlett, manager of Durham City Homes, said: “This is a great study for us to get involved in. It will give us a better understanding of our contribution to the local economy and how we can develop our approach to maximise our impact in the future.”

The study will run throughout the year and end in a final report to be launched in early 2013.