Spotlight Summer 2017
Welcome to the summer edition of
‘Spotlight’. As ever, there is a wealth of content in the
magazine, some of which I hope sparks your interest.
Genesis, we were deeply saddened by the Grenfell Tower fire in
London and the number of people who lost their lives. In this
edition, our Chief Executive Neil Hadden outlines what Genesis is
doing in light of this incident to help keep our residents safe
from the risk of fire. You can also
find on our website information about Fire Safety.
It is now two weeks since the General
Election. Housing was not a major issue that was debated in the
days running up to the poll on June 8th, but was a key
focus in each of the main party manifestos. We now have yet another
Housing Minister, and a new team responsible for the welfare
benefit system. This is all really important, because many of our
customers are in receipt of various benefits, some including
Universal Credit. The government’s precarious position in the
House of Commons means that policies such as welfare reform and
right to buy will be subject to the approval of minor parties such
as the Democratic Unionists. As yet, we do not know what all this
means for housing policy going forward.
In this edition of Spotlight, you will see
that we are making our website easier to use and more informative.
This is a big project which customers are involved with.
If you’re aged 50 years and over and can spare
a few hours during the week, you may be interested in providing
support to a socially isolated person.
Or if you’re a younger resident (or know
someone who is), we are offering work experience placements for
school or college students in October, and running courses in how
to start up your own business.
I hope you enjoy reading this edition.
Take a read
In the previous edition, we incorrectly stated
that 12,000 people die in house fires every year. This is incorrect
and is actually referring to the number of people who die
prematurely in Britain due to air pollution.
The number of people who die in house fires
each year is closer to 200-300.
We apologise for this error.