The past fortnight has been a bad one for those dreaming of buying their first home. First there was news that average house price growth has risen to hit a rate of 10.1%, and then Shelter's new figures showed that you will need to earn £64k and have a deposit of £46k to get on the housing ladder by 2020.
As Labour continues to expose and oppose the worst elements of this Housing Bill, Ministers face losing more votes, But much more damaging is the public losing any confidence that the government is competent to fix this housing crisis.
Dear Caroline Ansell I haven't had a working shower for a week. I know this may seem like pretty small beer. You have bigger things to worry about. A...
This referendum is the most important vote we will have in a generation. It is about securing a prosperous future for Britain. It's about controlling our borders, spending our money on our priorities and making our laws in our country. And it's about the positive impact that taking back control in all three of these areas will have on our day to day lives, on our standard of living and on creating the type of country we want to leave for our children and grandchildren.
What is painfully clear is the knock on effect that living without a home has on their self-esteem and mental well-being. We desperately need to find more affordable housing for young people and to up-skill them as they transition into independent living to ensure that every young person can find and sustain a stable place that they can call home.
In last week's budget, chancellor George Osborne declared that he would continue the 'devolution revolution', with new powers going to Greater Lincoln...
In the midst of this unprecedented housing crisis, London deserves a mayor who will truly appreciate their needs, and not, as the current Tory mayor has done, undermine councils' efforts to build affordable housing by overruling them. I want to see a city that gives the same opportunities to my children as my parents were able to give to me... A city where buying or renting a home for young people on average or below-average incomes is a reality and not a fantasy.
Last week's budget announcement was peppered with George Osborne's new catchphrase - long-term solutions to long-term problems are needed, he repeatedly said.
I've been fortunate enough to never have to experience the fear of not knowing where I am going to sleep each night, I had a safe, secure and loving childhood and more importantly somewhere that I could always call home. Unfortunately, today, not every child can say the same.
Last week on leap day I joined Methodist Homes for the Aged (MHA) for their conference on 'Later Life Matters'. I was on stage with Alison Holt, who s...
The Lib Dems have a good track record on fighting for tenants against wrongful evictions. Sarah Teather successfully pushed for legal protections against 'revenge evictions' when we were in Government, to stop tenants losing their home if they asked for safety repairs to be done. We got that law passed despite determined attempts from Tory backbenchers to keep the power firmly in the hands of landlords.
The idea of rent control, or "rent stabilisation" as it was recently rebranded, is often banded about as a solution to rising rents and a way of cutting costs for tenants over the long-term. The problem is over the long-term these strategies have been shown to do the complete opposite.
As with so much of the current government's approach, those involved in announcing the starter homes initiative know what makes for a great headline but fall short when they get to the policy detail. Something that many Peers across the House consider to be the worst way of approaching legislation.
Modern pop-up homes may just hold the key to solving London's housing crisis. They are of extremely high quality, are manufactured cheaply and can be constructed in a matter of weeks. My new report, 'Pop-up Housing: A London Solution', suggests these kinds of high quality temporary homes could cut the cost of renting in the capital by a third.
Do we really want great institutions like the London School of Economics and Imperial College to be effectively closed to our own young people because they can't afford to live in London? I hope the universities themselves will agree that would be a terrible prospect - which is why I hope in time they'll also come to value and respect the concept of the Student Living Rent.
Investment in our area is bringing jobs and hope to our high street of a better quality of life for all. Yet our community is being fractured by a perfect storm of housing benefit caps, low wages, a lack of properties and speculation on prices. Increasingly developers are acting like vultures, picking the bones of Walthamstow's precious housing stock for quick profits...