Affordable Housing

Youth Power: The Film Premiere with a Difference. #SwingTheVote

Rae Mullins | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics
Rae Mullins

A wondrous event took place in London town last night. A premiere like no other, vInspired's Swing The Vote set out to reveal what's remained a secret 'til now: exactly what will get the UK's 18-24 year olds to the ballot box next summer.

Sorry Boris, the London Rental Standard Just Isn't Enough

Matt Hutchinson | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Hutchinson

Rewind a few decades to when the Conservatives, under Margaret Thatcher, were selling off council houses under the Right To Buy scheme. The then Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Heseltine, said that home ownership helps to foster "attitudes of independence and self-reliance, the bedrock of a free society".

An Englishman's Home Is His Castle... But We're Under Siege!

Adam Rickitt | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK
Adam Rickitt

You struggle, scrimp and save, and battle against all the odds to somehow obtain that illusive dream of homeownership...your very own piece of Britain. But as a nation we are under siege, surrounded by an invading army waiting to steal away that which we worked so hard to achieve. This grim hoard hails from the land of HMRC and its army is inheritance tax...

Britain's Got a New Housing Bubble - and It's About to Explode

Nash Riggins | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

Over the last twelve months, short-sighted plans like the government's coveted Help to Buy scheme have caused excessive price inflation - and if the Chancellor doesn't do something to restrain demand, that bubble is soon going to blow up in his face.

My Budget to Stimulate Housing Supply

Phil Shanks | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

Last Monday, the Chancellor George Osborne announced a small number of plans to help stimulate housing supply in the UK. In my view, he fell significantly wide of the mark, so here I go with my own red box...

Ebbsfleet: Start of a Housing Bloom or Shed at the Bottom of the National Garden?

Paul Noblet | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

The Chancellor's plan to build Britain's first garden city in 100 years in Ebbsfleet has been welcomed by some with open arms. The promise of more homes in the south east is a good thing, but 15,000 new homes barely scratch the surface of the real number of properties needed across the country.

Why Can't the Crown Estate Be a Social Landlord?

Nick Mathiason | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Mathiason

The Bureau's trawl of local authority planning documents has established that 24 the 54 developments by the Crown Estate, the Duchies, the Church and Grosvenor fail to meet local affordable housing targets. In other words, Britain's five historic landowners are building in places where there is a recognised need for affordable homes, a requirement for them to meet that need but they often fail to do so.

Labour 'Will Stop Councils Blocking New Homes'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband is set to pledge that Labour will tackle a crisis in the housing market, saying a chronic lack of affordable homes means a generation of y...

If Only Paul Sykes Was a Real Philanthropist

Alastair Sloan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Sloan

Paul Sykes has made a lot of money - benefiting from free trade to China by selling them our old buses, playing a key role in the early days of British internet, as well as flogging land to the developers of Meadowhall shopping centre near Sheffield....

Bedroom Tax Is an Attack on Affordable Housing

Emma Reynolds | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Emma Reynolds

Not only is the bedroom tax an attack on those currently living in social housing, it also hits the five million people on the waiting list because it has led to fewer houses being built... These funds should be being used to build homes and carry out much needed repairs - but instead they're being used to protect the most vulnerable from this government's Bedroom Tax.

Join the Movement: Say Yes to More Homes and a Brighter Future

David Orr | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Politics
David Orr

While a quarter of parents said having their grown-up children at home had brought their family closer together, others were not so positive. A fifth said it caused them stress and a further fifth said it had caused family arguments. Worryingly, one in ten parents said having a grown-up child living at home has caused them to fall into debt.

Boosting London's Housing Options

Richard Blakeway | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Blakeway

London needs to deliver more homes of all types to support its economy and population boom - about twice as many as during the past twenty years but, intriguingly, only about half as many as were built each year during London's house building boom in the 1930s, despite the wider economic challenges of that decade.

Overly Ambitious Affordable Housing Targets Are Stifling Development of New Homes

Steve O'Connell | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Politics
Steve O'Connell

In London, the population is forecast to grow to nine million by 2020, and at present, there are 180,000 developments that are currently stalled in the city. Overly ambitious affordable housing targets are stifling the development of new homes, and that is why I recently called for London's 33 local councils to take a flexible approach to affordable housing requirements.

Tinker With Benefits All You Want - The Only Way Is Work

Jack Butler | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Butler

The British people hate benefits, right? Wrong, in fact. Actually, it's almost a dead heat - 36% say the government's too tough on welfare claimants, ...

Builders of Britain: Time for Some Good News

Phil Shanks | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK
Phil Shanks

As has been the case in the past, I believe it is the private sector and not the government that will have to lead the country out of recession. Our road networks, canals, water systems and railways - none were the result of government activity.

Government Warned Against Scrapping Support For The Homeless

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK

The government has been warned not to "sweep away" safety nets preventing people from falling into homelessness, as a charity revealed the number of p...

Bring Back the Ronseal Test

Dave Clements | Posted 28.12.2012 | UK
Dave Clements

I'm sure there are other similar wood-treatment products out there but only the Ronseal test will get us any closer to making sure that riots, housing associations and charities do what they say on the tin.

A Building Without an Occupant is Just a House, Not a Home

Phil Shanks | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

Despite all this noise, the government lacks a coherent sustainable housing policy and is instead simply implementing a range of haphazard measures that either constitute unhelpful noise or which store up problems for unwary investors.

Crisis As Housing Market 'Breaking Down'

PA | Posted 12.09.2012 | UK

More than 250,000 homes must be built each year to tackle the "serious dysfunction" in England's housing market, experts are warning. Campaign grou...

Affordable Housing Red Tape Has Led To Rental Shortage, Says Montague Report

PA | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK

Requirements for builders to include a quota of affordable homes in new housing developments should be waived, a government-commissioned report has re...

Charlie Thomas

Building On Good News: Construction Firm Bucks UK Trend

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 14.08.2012 | UK

Global construction giant Balfour Beatty is expected to post good figures in its interim results tomorrow, despite a more general slowdown in the UK c...

Housing: A Place to Live or a Personal Investment Plan?

Phil Shanks | Posted 13.08.2012 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

Today I'll get straight to the point. The British public needs to fall out of love with housing as an investment and start looking at their homes as being a place to live.

Planning Reform? Look to West Bank to See How to Tackle a Housing Crisis

John Slinger | Posted 31.05.2012 | UK Politics
John Slinger

Last week, the Government published its new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Most commentators claim that they have squared the circle by protecting the green belt whilst simultaneously giving a presumption in favour of sustainable development.

The Budget Was a Lost Opportunity for Housing and the Economy

David Orr | Posted 21.05.2012 | UK Politics
David Orr

For those of us involved in housing, the growth agenda is what matters. We understand how important growth is for the economy and how essential it is that we create new jobs, not least because so many housing associations are exploring ways of assisting their residents to get into work.

The Streets of Gold Are a Two-Way Street

Phil Shanks | Posted 16.04.2012 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

We can't be scared of being told, 'That has been done before' or 'what a silly idea'. Banging on the doors of government is no different, easier or harder than doing business and building relationships with other businesses. We just think that it is. But it's not.