Made2Aid are Hitting New Heights

Made2Aid are taking the occupational therapy, aids and adaptations market by storm. They were founded in 2013 by Jade Godier offering a search engine for specialist products that allows occupational therapists and end users to search by condition. This innovation sets www.Made2Aid.co.uk apart from its competition and in 2015 we’ve teamed up with them to help take the next step. Gabriel Star have had …

HA’s Managing Resident Expectations

Yesterday was an eye opening day. I glimpsed a new take on a problem that the social housing sector has been tackling for the past two years. The problem was around encouraging residents to down size in order to avoid The Bedroom Tax, and ultimately reduce the chance of falling into rent arrears. The sub-set of the problem is often …

Are High Value Shared Ownership Units Ethical?

ARE HIGH VALUE SHARED OWNERSHIP UNITS ETHICAL? I’ve been fortunate enough to work with 3 large (12,000 to 36,000 units) dynamic housing associations in recent years. All the organisations had skilled finance and development teams capable of delivering quality units that served a clear social purpose time after time. However, what was starkly different was their approach and attitude towards …

Free Book: Improve your housing association

We’re pleased to announce that we are capturing a lot of our beliefs, skills and tit bits within a book. Wow! A book! That will be a great way to share knowledge throughout the sector very cheaply. No adverts, no monthly subscriptions…just the latest thinking from bright minds working within the sector. However, we are not omnipresent masters of all knowledge. …

Trace And Collection of Former Tenant Arrears

A Service That Suits Your HA   Our Bronze package allows Housing Associations to make use of the Gabriel Star Automated Tracing Tool [GSATT]. It is a powerful tool for those HA’s who’d like a DIY approach to managing tenant arrears. It’s very popular because it cuts down the time a tenant arrears officer will need to dedicate to surfing …

Automated Tracing Tool Helps Debt Collection in Housing Associations

With the onset of Welfare Reform fully coming into affect this year, many housing associations are targeting bad debts as an area for process improvement. It is certainly an area to understand and save money where possible. A written off debt comes straight off the bottom line, it hurts cash, accounting results and covenant headroom. That’s why Gabriel Star have …

Big Data Increases Rent Collection to 99%

We at Gabriel Star have launched an advertorial campaign to promote our ability to help HA’s and local authorities increase their rent collection rates. Big data is a term given to using relatively new found techniques to search for mathmaticaly proven relationships. For example…direct debits uptake may be linked to decreased bad debt. Ok..ok…that was an easy example that a …