Latest views from Alistair McIntosh

Read the latest views of our Chief Executive, Alistair McIntosh as published in leading housing magazines.

23 June 2017 PDF (385kB) Housing's Piper Alpha moment

Housing's Piper Alpha moment

It’s time to start again. An old friend came to one of our events this week. He runs big construction projects all…

16 May 2017 PDF (196kB) The house always wins

The house always wins

Tax is a game of cat and mouse. The Tories hiked up stamp duty on high value homes. So sales ground to a halt. But some folk do…

24 April 2017 PDF (245kB) Profit for a purpose

Profit for a purpose

What makes a margin of over 70%? The answer will come as no surprise – renting out homes on the open market. Who are…

11 April 2017 PDF (229kB) The great escape

The great escape

My old man was in Glasgow’s first Flying Squad. He had a few tales to tell. One of his funniest was about a letter…

09 March 2017 PDF (224kB) The Budget was a lazy piece of work

The Budget was a lazy piece of work

The Chancellor is a cruel beast. Did he have to mention the Germans? Corbyn must be sick to death of them after Bayern…

27 February 2017 PDF (255kB) Housing associations in La La Land

Housing associations in La La Land

It’s time to open up the envelope. Yes let’s see who has won the housing Oscars. The Global Accounts are…

16 February 2017 PDF (226kB) The White Paper

The White Paper

It starts like a bullet. You can’t fault the fury that drives it. Houses earn more than people. Folk on £90k…

07 December 2016 PDF (230kB) Theresa tinkers again

Theresa tinkers again

‘Blitzed’ by Norman Ohler is flying off the bookshelves. What’s the story? It’s all about…

24 November 2016 PDF (166kB) The Autumn Statement

The Autumn Statement

I used to have a grudging respect for the Tory Chancellors. They knew their place. Ken Clarke would rock up, drain a…

04 August 2016 PDF (241kB) Talking therapy

Talking therapy

Tenants do want a say when their landlords look at mergers. That’s what they told us when we asked them. What…

25 July 2016 PDF (193kB) Just like gold

Just like gold

Who are the big winners from council housing? Is it the socialists who believe in it to the tips of their…

24 May 2016 PDF (206kB) Consumer power

Consumer power

Well I certainly spluttered out my vegan bran flakes into their organic unsweetened almond milk in Islington last…

08 April 2016 PDF (206kB) Gold-plated nonsense

Gold-plated nonsense

Poor Ronnie Corbett has told his last joke. One of his best sketches was with the other Ronnie and John Cleese. (This…

25 November 2015 PDF (198kB) Terry Wogan would have been proud

Terry Wogan would have been proud

It was the sort of speech Terry Wogan could have delivered in his Children in Need pomp. Near enough every charity and…

03 November 2015 PDF (194kB) When will the penny drop?

When will the penny drop?

We need to listen to what the government says and stop ignoring them. It would cut out a lot of silly mistakes. To give the…

07 September 2015 PDF (205kB) Hedge your bets

Hedge your bets

No, Crystal Amber is not the name of an inmate in Orange is the New Black. But she just might change your life.

31 July 2015 PDF (212kB) Conflicts of interest

Conflicts of interest

Have you heard of Gertjan Vlieghe? He wants to join the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee to set…

20 July 2015 PDF (192kB) Summer budget happened so fast

Summer budget happened so fast

Well that was a jolt to the system wasn’t it? By George we’ve lost a lot of rent. What do we do about it?

09 July 2015 PDF (212kB) It's a trap

It's a trap

Why has Osborne chopped your rents? He is teeing you up for the next attack. What he wants is for chiefs to say…

01 May 2015 PDF (204kB) Time to mobilise the Rent Army

Time to mobilise the Rent Army

We need a mass political party for tenants. And we need it today. If Labour is in power they must be pushed to build good…

16 April 2015 PDF (1.73MB) I am Spartacus

I am Spartacus

Once upon a time I was young and I had the best job in the world. I rented out the cream of the crop homes on the market and let…

07 March 2015 PDF (198kB) The new Tory vote winner

The new Tory vote winner

Have you seen the latest Tory wheeze? If a tenant gets a job they win a free house. Do you work for a council or housing…

26 February 2015 PDF (1.16MB) Remembrance of things past

Remembrance of things past

Natalie Bennett’s stumbling and Jack Straw’s skewering brought back some old memories.

24 February 2015 PDF (179kB) After Eight...

After Eight...

Frustration is the main thing I think when I look at the eight VfM assessments that failed. The VfM test is just an exam.…

12 February 2015 PDF (159kB) Got a paper round? Have a free house

Got a paper round? Have a free house

Here, Alistair McIntosh, chief executive of the Housing Quality Network, responds to the news that the Conservative…

05 December 2014 PDF (185kB) It's time to knock heads together

It's time to knock heads together

It’s 100 years since that famous Christmas Day football match between British and German troops. What a pity our…

12 November 2014 PDF (193kB) Breaking Point

Breaking Point

I’m loving my job at the moment. The HCA wants to see stress-testing and we are cracking on with it.

14 October 2014 PDF (203kB) This ship is sinking

This ship is sinking

We’ve gone from using RPI plus 0.5% for setting rents to CPI plus 1%. How do these inflation figures differ? CPI…

10 October 2014 PDF (1.11MB) Opinion: The case for integration

Opinion: The case for integration

The nation has spoken so we know who the top 10 landlords are. Well done to all of you. But there is a big debate brewing…

15 May 2014 PDF (1.33MB) It was supposed to be so easy...

It was supposed to be so easy...

Grant Shapps tried to do away with regulation. He wanted to make the TSA toast. Well if the TSA was warm brown bread, then…

25 March 2014 PDF (164kB) Refereeing value for money

Refereeing value for money

The Homes and Communities Agency is saying that around 180 landlords got it wrong on value for money. What do those…

07 March 2014 PDF (221kB) Anarchy in the UK?

Anarchy in the UK?

When the Sex Pistols were angry, they were angry. These are the opening lines to their song called ‘Liar’.…

22 January 2014 PDF (197kB) Value for money? show me the money!

Value for money? show me the money!

Just when you think this VfM (value for money) shambles can’t get any worse, it does. Have you read that…

13 January 2014 PDF (211kB) Have you seen Breaking Bad?

Have you seen Breaking Bad?

Have you seen Breaking Bad? It’s just the best thing on the telly. The star is a mild mannered teacher. He starts…

13 December 2013 PDF (216kB) HCA downgrades for VFM - what next?

HCA downgrades for VFM - what next?

So the government is hopping mad with our VFM. What will happen next? Some associations will need to take the test again.…

18 September 2013 PDF (1.33MB) Blurred lines

Blurred lines

As the nights start to draw in I always look forward to the NHF conference. Eric Pickles tried to ban all these shindigs…

28 June 2013 PDF (1.25MB) Let’s get ready to rumble!

Let’s get ready to rumble!

Will we see a bust-up at the CIH conference to rival the clash between Gove and head teachers? Our leaders are angry about…

19 September 2012 PDF (1.29MB) All summer long

All summer long

All summer long we’ve seen Richard Branson bleating on a grainy Skype link from his holiday home. Who cares if…