The Housing and Planning Bill making its way through parliament has the clear ambition of increasing the supply of homes in our country. However to meet rising demand, and the government's necessarily ambitious housing targets, we are going to have to be even more radical...
Owning a home of one's own might not be everyone's dream, but increasingly, it feels like this kind of lifestyle, that of being a homeowner, one middle-class people once took more or less for granted is nothing but, for many people.
Of all the back of a fag packet wheezes that Lynton Crosby's war machine coughed up during the dog days of the general election campaign, the Tories' proposals to extend 'Right to Buy' to housing association tenants must rank as one of the most ill-considered. That is why I'm going to call on the Government to think again when we debate the Housing and Planning Bill in the House of Commons later today. Slapdash legislation; numbers that don't add up; a statist assault on independent housing trusts - from every angle this policy falls short. Add to that a disregard for some of the social impacts and it truly represents British politics at its short-term, headline-chasing worst.
Next week MPs will vote on legislation which could make it easier to convert offices into residential properties. The Government is hoping that its ...
This is a new savage Tory party, a world away from Churchill (who always regarded himself as a Liberal really) and Macmillan. It is a party that thinks fine words are enough, whilst the market makes their chums richer - as it always will. This is a party driven by right wing ideology, cloaked in left wing rhetoric and we must hold it to account as our housing crisis deepens, as it surely will.
Earlier this week, E4 broadcast an interesting programme called "How to Live the Chelsea Life," about an exclusive, high-end house sharing company, which prides itself on only renting to aspirational, young, sociable people. And by interesting, I mean it made me want to pour sulphuric acid directly into my retinas.
There are currently almost 100,000 homeless children in the UK and the numbers are at a six year high. Hidden away in temporary accommodation that risks their physical, mental and emotional health, these children represent the true cost of the country's economic crisis.
Starter homes have two fatal flaws, and unfortunately one is their foundation stone. Firstly, they do not work for families on ordinary incomes. Shelter's analysis shows that Starter Homes will be unaffordable for families on average earnings in 58% of the country. It seems cruel to even mention how unaffordable they are for people on the National Living Wage...
As it's World Homeless Day, maybe it's the right time to suggest that our statutory services reflect on their outcomes and perhaps consider adopting a more flexible and personalised approach to some of our most vulnerable people in society - we're certain it'll reap benefits for all concerned.
Put simply, chucking bricks together and hoping for the best is no solution, even if 200,000 homes were anywhere near enough to help the millions of wannabe Gen Buy. The current housing crisis is not just a supply and demand disparity (although that is an element of it).
The last Parliament saw housing rise rapidly up the political agenda. As a result, there is now a firm political consensus on the need to address the shortage of homes in England. This includes a genuine desire across government to get more homes built, which is very welcome. The next big question, which will define housing in this Parliament, is homes for who? Who are we building for On this question, the government has made a much less auspicious start.
I believe that we can make this era - these 2010s - a defining decade for our country, the turnaround decade, one which people will look back on and say: "That's the time when the tide turned, when people no longer felt the current going against them, but working with them." We can be that Greater Britain. Because we know this: nothing is written. We've proved it in schools across our country, that the poorest children don't have to get the worst results - they can get the best... A Greater Britain - made of greater hope, greater chances, greater security. So let's get out there - all of us - and let's make it happen.
Every student in the UK has their own horrifying story of bad landlords and disgusting houses. Letting agencies and landlords are legendary for ripping students off, failing to pay back deposits, and providing practically unliveable houses. There have been cases of a bedroom ceiling collapsing in Bristol, lucky escapes from carbon monoxide poisoning, and of course; mould...
Imagine the atmosphere in your home, the place you're supposed to feel safest, becoming so unbearable you simply can't stay? This is the reality for far too many young people, and even more are on the brink of disaster. You don't see that moment of crisis coming. You're left not knowing what to do or where to go next.
It is all too tempting to blame the young for not having enough 'go' in them, for their self-pity and endless moaning about the housing ladder and tuition fees. As if they really are the most put upon generation there ever was. I'm guilty of blaming them for that.
The gap between supply and demand of housing is growing, pushing up prices and rents. Graduates are being priced out of the capital and first-time buyers are finding it more and more difficult to save a deposit.