Inside Housing – Insight – From heat pumps and energy bills to the gender pay gap – what #UKhousing tweeted this month

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Soaring gas bills and the gender pay gap are among the topics #UKhousing has been talking about on social media this month. Jess McCabe reports

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Soaring gas bills and the gender pay gap are among the topics #UKhousing has been talking about on social media this month. @jester reports


#UKhousing Twitter has been inundated with messages of concern and solidarity for Ukraine. There were also many discussions about the problems of the asylum system and its impact on Ukrainian and other refugees. Immigration Lawyer @ColinYeo1 tweeted: “There was already a huge backlog of undecided asylum applications before the Ukraine crisis. Ukrainians trying to claim asylum in the UK are being told they can’t even register their claims until July.

@_JulietPhillipsfrom @E3G, was one of many experts to tweet about gas prices, reliance on Russian oil and gas and the role of energy efficiency and heat pumps in British homes. “Ending dependence on fossil gas means taking energy efficiency seriously,” she tweeted.

Yet the UK lags behind Europe in the installation of heat pumps – @janrosenow tweeted: “96% of all new heating systems in Norway last year were heat pumps. Last in Europe: the United Kingdom with 2%”.



@PayGapApp caused a stir by retweeting corporate posts on International Women’s Day with data from the UK Government’s Gender Pay Gap Database. This caused quite a bit of chaos, with many companies quickly deleting their #IWD22 posts.

@Housing21 tweeted: “This week we’re celebrating our inspiring women and exploring how we can #BreakTheBias, hosting roundtables on where colleagues have encountered bias in their careers so far, how they’ve broken it and what that they would like to see.” @PayGapApp then notes: “In this organization, the median hourly wage of women is 31% lower than that of men.

@Housing21 responded, saying this ensures that half of the candidates interviewed for jobs paying over £50,000 are women. Whose @notlurkingsince noted, “But four out of five of your leadership team are men. Why, if you employ more women, don’t you commit to developing them and promoting them to leadership positions? »

A significant number of tips were mentioned. AT @WiganCouncilthe median hourly wage of women is 12.5% ​​higher than that of men, but at @STyne_Councilwho celebrated with a photo of his all-female management team, the median salary of women is 17.9% lower than that of men, and at @BracknellForest, it is 21.7% lower. A charitable surprise was @RefugeCharity – the median hourly wage of women being 32% lower than that of men.

Who to follow

@kmac – Kate Mackenzie, consultant working on finance and climate change. Follow for essential analysis on topics such as: environmental, social and governance investments, energy crisis and policy

@AkuaDanso6 – co-founder of Black Females in Architecture

@EmmaMayRix – housing legal aid lawyer, tweeting about clients’ experiences at the height of the housing crisis, for example being housed in temporary accommodation

Housing Legal Advisor @SiobhanTWard tweeted about the impact of the housing crisis on women and how women are treated when they come to council as homeless.

To give an example of domestic abuse from her linked blog post for Vauxhall Community Law & Information Centre, “Victims report being greeted with disbelief and dangerous advice. Many clients revealed that they feared being harmed by their partner if they returned home and were told that if anything happened they should just call the police.

Spotlight on Ministers

Spotlight on Ministers

housing activist @KwajoHousingfeatured in the February issue of Inside the housinghas over the past month taken his campaign to address housing dilapidation in public housing to Ministerial level – meeting with Housing Secretary @MichaelGove and Mayor of London @SadiqKhanwho tweeted in response: ‘Too many Londoners are struggling in homes that don’t meet basic standards and City Hall will do everything in their power to help change that.’

@PartWCollective has launched a project to map buildings in London designed by women – you can see some of the suggested buildings on the hashtag #WomensWorkLondon. This includes Kate Macintosh’s sheltered housing project in south London, nominated by @sarah_ackland.

At the time of writing, over 100 different buildings have been proposed. Anyone can nominate buildings for inclusion by the end of March, using a Google form.

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