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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.

Suzanne GodfreyAt 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.

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Correction

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.

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