Jess McCabe

I am a journalist and these are some of the stories I've been working on lately

Lack of workers halves new housing output for association (Inside Housing)

NEWS28/06/187:00 AMBY JESS MCCABE Supply chain problems halved the number of homes Southern Housing Group completed this year, in one of the first concrete signs of the nationwide problem affecting delivery by housing associations. Southern completed only 197 homes in the 2017/18 financial year. This is roughly half its output for the previous year, when it handed over 393, and even…

The battle to sustain tenancies (Inside Housing)

Welfare reforms have made affording the rent much trickier for some tenants. So, what steps can landlords take to help out and fulfil their social mission? Jess McCabe takes a look.  Illustration by Grace Alton From the bedroom tax to Universal Credit and the benefit cap, the world that social landlords and their tenants live in has changed dramatically in recent years. As…

Survey finds 23% of housing sector employees have experienced an unwanted sexual advance (Inside Housing)

NEWS08/06/1810:30 AM BY JESS MCCABE Sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour are common in the housing sector, a survey by Inside Housing has uncovered. A survey of 225 housing professionals found widespread experience of sexism, with 40% of respondents saying they had experienced or witnessed negative comments or abusive behaviour at work towards someone because of their sex. A great number involved sexual harassment…

Scale of harassment and sexism revealed as housing faces up to its #MeToo moment (Inside Housing)

An exclusive Inside Housing survey has uncovered a significant number of stories about sexual harassment in the workplace. Jess McCabe reports The #MeToo movement reverberated around the world. It gained momentum last year as a Twitter hashtag taken up by Hollywood actors to talk about rape and sexual abuse and harassment in the film industry, and quickly spread. People all over the…

Survey exposes office-based race, sex and age discrimination in sector

NEWS22/06/187:00 AMBY JESS MCCABE Housing staff have shared shocking stories of race discrimination, including the use of the N-word at work, as Inside Housing publishes the first-ever sector survey of harassment and discrimination. The survey unveiled anonymous stories of how staff have experienced discrimination, with 225 professionals providing information. One reported how “a former manager called me a n***** in a text message” while another…

Revealed: your stories of discrimination in the social housing workplace (Inside Housing)

Housing professionals have responded to Inside Housing’s survey on discrimination at work, and the results are shocking. Jess McCabe reports.  Illustration by Peter Strain This year, Inside Housing has spent a long time looking at the lack of diversity among the sector’s leaders – we’ve got a whole campaign on it, called Inclusive Futures. We’ve talked about mentoring, and raising up talented people. An elephant has…

Meet the new chief executive of Southern (Inside Housing)

Alan Townshend will this year become chief executive of Southern Housing Group. Jess McCabe finds out his plans.  Photography by Tim Foster Alan Townshend is about to join a select club: development directors who become chief executives of their housing associations. “There are not many of us,” Mr Townshend says, as we’re taking photos in the colourful canteen of Southern Housing Group’s offices,…

Ending rough sleeping in Greater Manchester: a 2020 vision (Inside Housing)

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham wants to end rough sleeping by 2020. Jess McCabe speaks to two senior members of his team to find out how they are doing so far.  Pictures by Rex Features and Alamy Andy Burnham has an extremely ambitious target: to end rough sleeping in Greater Manchester by 2020. Mayors have set similar targets before – and spectacularly failed to…

Most domestic violence victims rent their homes, study shows (Inside Housing)

NEWS 23/03/184:45 PM BY JESS MCCABE Domestic violence victims are much more likely to live in rented accommodation than be owner-occupiers, research has revealed. A study by sociology professor Sylvia Walby and Jude Towers of Lancaster University found that two-thirds of domestic violence victims live in rented accommodation while one-third are owner-occupiers. This is an inversion of the proportion in the general…

A good match? Geeta Nanda talks about Metropolitan’s planned merger (Inside Housing)

INSIGHT 27/03/187:00 AM BY JESS MCCABE After merger plans were scrapped at Thames Valley, its chief executive Geeta Nanda moved to Metropolitan, which is now planning to merge with her former employer. Jess McCabe asks why she thinks the outcome will be different this time.  Photography by Julian Anderson “Whenever you start somewhere new, you feel like the new schoolgirl,” says Geeta Nanda. “You…