Welcome to Mears. Our vision is to make a positive difference to the communities we serve. We do this by improving homes, improving communities and improving lives. Our approach is based on the development of outstanding partnerships with employees, clients, tenants, customers, their families and the wider community.
Are councils ready to get the nation building?
New research from the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and Mears has found that considerable investment and a shift in mindset in the housing sector is needed for councils to fulfil their role as the Government’s “housing delivery enablers.”
‘Under Construction: Are councils ready to get the nation building?’ found that availability of land, the difficulty of funding new housing and a shortage of skills in local government were seen as barriers to new development.
Our survey found that while nine out of ten respondents said that their authority had a plan for the number of houses that they intended to build, only six in ten said that they felt they were deliverable in the specified time frame.
Click here to read the report.
Thought Leader Newsletter
Mears has created the Thought Leader concept to discuss and roll-out best practice across a broad range of people who have an interest in meeting the challenges of providing more for less.
On April 1, the new Care Act came into force with the hope that it will make significant changes to social care in the UK. Will it have the desired effect? Campaigner and writer Beth Britton also shares some of her personal experience with her father’s dementia and the relationship between care providers and families. Also read about how Telecare is constantly developing with the latest technologies.
Read a review of what role local authorities should play in meeting the housing needs of the local population. With budgets under pressure and the 2011 Localism Act changing the role that councils play, are partnerships the answer? For more than two decades, the gap between supply and demand has been fairly constant with more than 100,000 too few houses built each year. Is the new Government Planning Portal the answer to this problem?