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Start saving money and energy this Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

Not enough money to heat your home? Not sure how to save energy and cut down costs? Curo Money Advisor Sarah Rogers shares her money-saving tips for anyone on a low income and struggling with energy bills. Being energy efficient not only helps the environment, it will put more money in your pocket...

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Don't drown in water bills

Did you know households in the UK use an average of 330 litres of water each day? About 15% of a typical gas-heated household's heating bill is from heating water or showers, baths and hot water from the tap. This costs on average about £80 a year. If you’re on a water meter, saving water can reduce your water bill and reduce your energy use and bills, putting more money in your pocket.

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Curo Labs - listening and taking action

We ran our first ever Curo Labs in January 2019, inviting customers to drop in to our offices at The Maltings in Bath through a Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with an additional session on the Thursday evening. Around 150 customers came along and gave us their thoughts on a number of improvements and projects we are currently working on.

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See what’s new at the Curo Labs

Last autumn at our Curo Residents’ Conference events, customers told us they’d like more opportunities to get involved in the way we deliver and design our services. In particular customers told us they’d like to be listened to more. We’ve heard that loud and clear. Now we’re launching the Curo Labs – a fresh approach to sharing our ideas with customers and listening to feedback.

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Fixing The Social Housing Stigma

I’ve been reflecting on the “stigmatisation” of the social housing sector – highlighted as a core issue to solve in the Housing Green paper 2018 – and digesting many of the responses.

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Stability, security and opportunity: My #HousingDay story

It’s #HousingDay18 today, 10 October 2018. It’s an important day for all those who value the role of social housing in our society and understand the stability, security and opportunity it provides. Four years ago, I wrote my own housing story; about why decent, affordable housing and the social housing sector is important to me.

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Are Londoners to blame for Bath’s housing problems?

A couple of weeks back, The Guardian reported that “tensions are rising in Bath as influx of Londoners prices out local families”. This was a new one on me - while I’m all too familiar with the sombre housing statistics for Bath, I was surprised to learn that Londoners are to blame. The sensationalist - almost xenophobic - headline is attention-grabbing, but this kind of narrative distracts from the real reason behind the housing crisis in our region.

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What happens to Housing Association surpluses?

There’s a mixture of confusion and misrepresentation about Housing Associations – or HAs – when it comes to our surpluses and what we do with them. Sadly that confusion has caused some - particularly those who don’t know us well - to question our motives, our charitable status and our social purpose.

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Reaction to Dispatches shows the sector is divided and losing focus

This blog post first appeared as a comment piece in Inside Housing. Have you ever seen a football team concede a goal then drop their heads and begin to argue amongst themselves? It normally never turns out well does it? If a team allows itself to go down that path, it’s generally the end of the game. Well motivated, focused and driven teams not only absorb a robust chall…

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