G15 cost of living panel event sparks debate

Posted on 02 March 2023

We’re delighted that more than 130 guests joined the recent in-person panel discussion, which we organised on behalf of the G15 (the group of London’s largest housing associations).

Held in a Network Homes community centre in Stockwell, the event focused on the cost-of-living crisis, and the challenges it presents to London’s communities.

The panel spoke passionately about the need for collective efforts and recognised how vital community investment is. The panel featured:

  • Geeta Nanda, Chair of the G15 and MTVH Chief Executive
  • Our CEO, Andy Hulme
  • Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Deputy Mayor of London for Communities and Social Justice
  • Rachel Harrison, Assistant Headteacher, Henry Fawcett Primary School
  • Councillor Claire Holland, Leader of Lambeth Council

They were joined by special guests:

  • Roger Hunte, caretaker at the Cube Community Centre at Clapham Park (MTVH)
  • Gerald Jones, Director of Community Learning, Morley College, Stockwell (Hyde)

Commenting on the event, Geeta Nanda said:

All G15 members are incredibly active participants in their local communities and every G15 member is seeing the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on the people we provide homes to or the communities we serve. As energy bills rise and essentials become unaffordable, residents need support more than ever.

“We know that providing good quality and affordable homes has never been more important, but we’ve also seen how critical the wider work of the G15 has been to communities when residents need us most. Together, we really can make a difference.”

Andy Hulme said:

"This G15 event has given a snapshot of what it means to be a housing association as we seek to continue the support we offer to customers who are navigating the cost of living crisis. Social conscience is at the heart of everything we do, whether it’s providing a home to families, tackling fuel poverty, or providing benefits and employment advice. In the last 12 months, G15 members provided 33,767 people with targeted advice and support, including specialist debt advice and invested over £25m in communities services.

“In addition to providing discounted homes, we deliver essential services, and spaces ranging from community spaces to college spaces. We’re working with people who are our neighbours, friends, and communities to help them live their best lives.”

You can find out more about the event on the G15 website.

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