This development has been made possible by a three-year grant of over£100,000 from the DETR to enable the GPU to further expand its database of social landlords' housing practices. A new post of development officer has been created with a remit to search out and promote examples of good practice. Jo Frost, formally a housing officer with Midsummer Housing Association, took up the post on 27 April.
Part of Ms Frost's remit is to visit innovative housing organisations to find out about their initiatives. Details of these and supporting documents will be recorded on the GPU's database and used to develop good practice guidance. The aim is to facilitate the exchange of information about successful projects and new ideas so that all can learn from the example of the best.
The DETR grant will provide funds for this post and the setting up of an electronic document management system for the GPU's library of housing practice documents. The Housing Corporation is also making a financial contribution to this project. In the longer term the GPU aims to make good practice material available to enquires via the Internet.
'To have a prospect of achieving best value, hard pressed housing professionals need access to authoritative advice and the latest information on good housing practice. They need to know that it works, which organisations have done it and how they went about it. Thanks to the DETR's support we are on track to rapidly increase the range of good practice examples held by the GPU and so continue to improve our services to enquirers'.
Anyone wishing to provide information for the project or interested in inviting the GPU development officer to see their initiatives should contact Janet Richards or Jo Frost.