January, February, March

Abi Robson (Chair – BCHG), John Hume (CEO – People’s Health Trust), Karen Etheridge (Director – M-E-L Research), Amanda Tomlinson (CEO – BCHG), Sir Michael Marmot, Guy Daly (Chair – HCI), Cllr. Bob Sleigh (WMCA Portfolio Lead – Health and Wellbeing), Llewellyn Graham (CEO – Nehemiah UCHA)

HCI’s Eighth Annual Lecture, 7th February 2018 ~ Thanks to Professor Sir Michael G. Marmot MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRCP, FFPHM, FMedSci, FBA, Director of the Institute of Health Equity (UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health) for delivering our 8th annual lecture. His lecture was entitled ‘Tackling Health Inequalities in British Cities’.

Sir Michael’s presentation can be downloaded here in pdf


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October, November, December

Government Racial Disparity Audit and Racial Discrimination abd713f9a-2d8f-448e-841c-c08c457251b2-bestsizeavailable2.jpegnd Disadvantage in Housing ~ The publication of the government’s racial disparity audit followed on from, and confirmed the findings of, HCI’s extensive research into racial discrimination and disadvantage in housing. Research findings, undertaken with BMENational, the representative body for BME housing organisations, was featured in a range of publications, including:

Guardian Inequality Project

Guardian Housing1

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Inside Housing


LSE Politics and Policy blog

July, August September

bme_page_001Deep Roots, Diverse Communities, Dedicated Service: The Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Housing Sector’s Offer  ~ This ‘offer’ document was developed between BMENational and HCI to highlight the valuable role BME housing organisations play in the UK’s housing system generally, and specifically to provide housing opportunities to BME communities, and employment and training opportunities to BME people. The offer covers 1) the strength of the BME housing collective 2) ongoing investment in housing 3)a partnership approach 4) promoting social integration and community cohesion 4) supporting migrants and refugees 5) enabling local economic growth and boosting life chances.

April, May, June

affordable lives_page_001Affordable Lives Paper ~ Released in June, this paper explores whether England has a crisis of affordability. It seeks to review affordability in housing by tenure within the context of earnings and the cost of living, as well as against a backdrop of rising inequality in incomes and wealth. The paper asks whether many households can now lead ‘affordable lives’ within the context of continuing austerity, wide inequalities in incomes and wealth, rising costs of living (especially rents and households essentials), stagnant earnings, biting cuts in welfare benefits and the roll-out of Universal Credit. The paper seeks to promote ways in which lives can be made more affordable. For example, investment in social rather than ‘affordable’ housing would help with living costs of social tenants.

January, February, March

DSC_5873.JPGHCI’s Seventh Annual Lecture, 9th March 2017 ~ Thanks to Professor Danny Dorling who delivered HCI’s seventh annual lecture on 9th March at Malmaison Hotel, Birmingham Mailbox. Professor Dorling, who is Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography and a Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, gave a talk on ‘Building Better Cities’: especially in terms of confronting growing inequality and disadvantage. The benefits of living in a more equal society, with less angst over schools, housing and health, or neighbourhood of birth, was explored in Professor Dorling’s lecture. The slides for the lecture can be downloaded here: HCI ANNUAL LECTURE BUILDING BETTER CITIES SLIDES Professor Dorling is author of books on a wide range of topics, including inequality and injustice, people and places, population, housing and politics HCI’s ‘Human City Manifesto’ was also be launched on the evening.



October, November, December

kg124Housing Magazine, 22nd December 2016 ~ This blog, What’s in a Name?, used HCI survey evidence that social housing tenants prefer to be called ‘residents’ rather than ‘customers’ since this helps establish equal status with home owners. The blog further argued that the use of the term ‘customer’ is inappropriate for social housing since tenants are not generally able to exercise choice not are their collective choices able to affect the level of rents or the costs of services as with the price mechanism in a private market. 

BMENational’s Gina Amoh, Jackie Adusei, Cym D’Souza and the NHF’s David Orr

Black History Month ~ The BMENational conference was held during October, which was Black History Month. HCI published a report to coincide with the conference. Publication of the report also marked the 40th anniversary of the Race Relations Act 1976 and the 30th anniversary of the first BME Housing Strategy, published by the then social housing regulator, the Housing Corporation in 1986. Extensive coverage in the media was also obtained at 24Housing, Inside Housing and Media Diversified.

July, August, September

img_1761WMCA and Housing Issues Round-Tables, July and August ~ Over the summer, HCI held a series of round-tables to explore housing issues in the West Midlands’ conurbation and how the West Midlands Combined Authority might utilise/support housing investment to accelerate prosperity in the region. Involving more than 60 stakeholders from the housing, local government and construction sectors, the results from the round-table are feeding into a report produced by HCI and the Futures Network West Midlands to recommend ways in which the profile of housing issues can be raised and how housing can make a significant contribution to the success of the devolved authority.

April, May, June

julia3.JPGHCI’s Sixth Annual Lecture, 12th April 2016 ~ The lecture was given by Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The lecture was entitled ‘Building Social Capital in Cities’ and centred upon how the third sector, working alongside local government and communities, and help create opportunities and boost life chances in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the key cities of the UK. HCI’s ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ report was launched on the evening of the lecture.

January, February, March

24th March 2016, Inside Housing ~ dp2This article, written by HCI’s Public Affairs Manager, Dawn Prentice, was featured in Inside Housing explaining HCI’s new research on LGBTI communities and their housing, economic and social needs. The article argued that the housing and welfare needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people remain under-researched in England. It then went on to describe how HCI’s new research aims to fill this gap and contribute to E&D debates in housing.

Selected Older News Items

david orr2.JPGHCI’s Fifth Annual Lecture, 18th March 2015 ~ This lecture was delivered by David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, a former President of CECODHAS-Housing Europe, the European Liaison Committee for Social Housing, and Chair of Homeless International. David’s lecture was entitled ‘The Future of Housing and Communities’, and sough to provide an overview of how the NHF and housing associations are working to provide more affordable housing at a difficult time for public funding while defending their communities at a time when austerity and welfare reform are biting. The lecture also encompassed the NHF’s approach to ‘owning our future’ – a strategy for housing associations to develop their role and independence in a challenging operating environment.


HCI’s Fourth Annual Lecture, 21st May 2014 ~ This lecture was given by Human Rights Campaigner and Director of the PT Trust, Peter Tatchell. Peter, a former Labour Party Parliamentary candidate, a writer and broadcaster, has campaigned for LGBT rights through the direct action group OutRage, which he co-founded. Peter’s lecture – ‘Equality Vs Austerity’ argued that advancing inequality and tackling poverty and disadvantage cannot be achieved if austerity policies are aimed at those at the bottom of the income ladder and people dependent upon benefits. The lecture also touched on inequalities still experienced by LGBT people. Peter’s lecture was accompanied by HCI’s ‘Rainbow Rising’ report, for which Peter wrote the Foreword, and which explored how current public policy impacts LGBT communities.

lynsey hanley1.jpgHCI’s Third Annual Lecture, 3rd July 2013 ~ Lynsey Hanley, born in Birmingham in 1976, gave HCI’s third annual lecture ‘Social Housing in an Age of Austerity’. Lynsey write for the Guardian, New Statesman and the Observer. She moved to London from Birmingham in 1994 to study politics and history at Queen Mary and Westfield College, London. Lynsey’s lecture drew on her acclaimed book about social housing, ‘Estates: An Intimate History’, which covered Lynsey’s childhood living on a working class council estate at Chelmsley Wood in Birmingham. Her lecture (lynsey-hanley-hci-slides) concluded that social tenants are ‘not all in this together’ but have been disproportionately affected by austerity.

HCI’s Second Annual Lecture, 4th April 2011 ~ Dr Ranjit Sondhi delivered a lecture about health inequalities relating to social class, ethnicity and gender. He is Chair of the Heart of Birmingham PCT (HoBPCT). Ranjit was a Founderanjit1r Director of the Asian Resource Centre, Birmingham, a Commissioner at the Judicial Appointments Commission, Deputy Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, Chairman of the Refugee Training, Employment and Education Forum, senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham, Westhill, a Governor of the BBC, a Trustee of the National Gallery, and Board Member of the Tenant Services Authority and a Civil Service Commissioner.

January, February, March