One in five people severely affected by mental illness live in supported housing, and I hate to think what the alternative would be for many of these people without this provision. Unfortunately, government proposals to change how these services are funded have put the future of supported housing, and the recovery of people living with a mental illness, at risk.
The UK loves an underdog. There is something irresistible about the story of the little guy standing up to the established players and leaving them with a bloody nose, whether it is Henry Cooper putting Muhammad Ali on the mat or the Wallabies trouncing the Kiwis in rugby.
The Government must do more to keep local authorities, housing associations and institutional investors in the business of providing affordable homes for rent, whilst also doing everything possible to assist and encourage private developers to increase their output of new homes to buy. The fetish for home ownership, embodied in the Right to Buy legislation, has had its day, and should be repealed.
A more joined-up approach is needed. Addressing the housing crisis by increasing the supply of retirement housing is an opportunity to save billions, and create enormous benefits for both older and younger generations.
The complexity of the homelessness problem is undeniable and its causes are multiple: families evicted from their homes into B&Bs, people falling foul...
The main point is simply that class still exists, that it manifests itself in things that matter, and that the solutions lie as much in regional and housing policy as they do in education and other forms of opportunity. And that this might be a good area for those on the left to explore, and Liverpool is as good a backdrop as any to start that exploration.
Unfortunately dating has a dark side and so does looking for somewhere to live, especially when you're a young woman on your own. Moving in with complete strangers is unlikely to be anyone's first choice but often poor timing, a lack of money or just plain bad luck means renting a room in a shared house or flat is the only option.
This week the Prison Reform Trust and Women in Prison published a new report. It found that a chronic shortage of safe and stable housing for women leaving prison is leading to more crime, more victims and greater use of unnecessary and expensive imprisonment. Six in ten women leaving prison may not have a home to go to on release, and recent prison inspectorate reports suggest that the situation may be getting worse. Vulnerable women, desperate to secure a safe place to stay, are being deemed intentionally homeless and not in priority need. For some, getting sent back to prison seems like the only solution.
Fighting for decent affordable housing is a crucial aspect of improving students' lives. That's why we will support student rent strikes across the country, and continue to raise the issue nationally. We will provide advice to students facing housing difficulties and support those who want to take action. And by doing all of this, we will put student housing at the heart of our vision for a free, accessible and liberated education.
The number of new homes completed in the first half of 2016 in England stands at 67,560, down from 71,810 in the first half of 2015. The Government has committed to building one million new homes by the end of this parliament in 2020. At the current rate, we won't even come close. Drastic improvements are needed and soon.
What is also required is a strategy to improve prospects for those already in the homeless system - reducing the length of time that people need to stay in emergency accommodation, and giving them the skills and confidence they need to go back out into the world and live independently.
As a supporter of the remain campaign of course I believe that Brexit was the wrong decision for our country. However, while I feel disappointed by the outcome, I am also a realist. And I am determined to make the very best of the situation at hand. After all, where there is uncertainty and upheaval, there is always opportunity.
Today, many areas are being drained by big cities simply because young workers can't stay with their friends and families to start their working lives. Even those with training or degrees are fighting for a handful of jobs. Under a Jeremy Corbyn government no young person will be thrown on the scrap heap.
Today our two organisations launch joint research that we commissioned into the renewed case for building more accessible homes. The research, using...
(Re/Making the Street at The Building Centre. Photo Juliana Vasquez) Exhibition highlights the ways in which street design are essential to better b...
Not a great week to be British. I am in Germany when Nigel Farage proudly takes credit for achieving his lifelong ambition - to march the UK out of the European Union.