Affordable Housing

Britain's Housing Crisis - The Brownfield Solution?

Simon Thomas | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

As the May general election looms, housing remains a key issue over which the different political parties will scrap it out until the polls close. Of course they'll all promise the earth, offering to solve the UK's housing shortage with inflated numbers of how many houses they expect to build, but in reality how many of these much needed new homes will ever get off the ground?

Giving Away Homes Would Be Bonkers

David Orr | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Politics
David Orr

If you are an avid reader of the Daily Telegraph or Times you will be aware that there is a new round of speculation that some of our politicians are interested in extending the Right to Buy to housing associations... If there is a serious proposal to legislate again, it will fail again. And here's why.

Welby Follows Pope In Demand For Economic Justice

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK

A living wage, good and affordable housing, and excellent education and training are all key to a good economy, the Archbishop of Canterbury said toni...

Safe House: The Mayor of London Guarantees that Your House is Your Home

Karim Goudiaby | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Karim Goudiaby

The next morning, you call the landlord to fix these issues, but the number you were given is a fax-line and none of your neighbors seem to have alternative contact details to reach him. And you are only at day two of your two-year lease.

The Housing Crisis - What It Is and How We Fix It

Rabina Khan | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Politics
Rabina Khan

The obscenity of it all is brought home by this: a short walk in one direction from me are some of Britain's most deprived people, and in the other direction are the champagne bars and investment banks of Canary Wharf.

What Is the Government Doing to Make Housing Affordable?

Matt Hutchinson | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Hutchinson

As May's General Election fast approaches politicians need to take note. With over nine million renters in the UK, policy needs to reflect their needs but, historically, parties have chosen to target older voters and homeowners.

Long Live the Living Room

Matt Hutchinson | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Matt Hutchinson

The festive season is upon us. At some point over the next couple of weeks most of us will have a cosy evening decorating the Christmas tree in our Christmas jumper, listening to the Pogues and drinking mulled wine. People living in house shares are no exception. Except they are, well 16% of them. That's because 16% of shared homes don't have a living room. ..

Brand Decries 'Snide' Journalist Over Tense Downing Street Standoff

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics

Russell Brand has decried the Channel 4 News journalist whose hostile questioning over the price of the activist’s house led to a row outside Downin...

Russell Brand Calls Channel 4 Reporter 'A Snide' After Hostile Interview

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK

Activist Russell Brand clashed with a Channel 4 News interviewer on Monday when the journalist asked him about the price of his own house. The com...

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...