Social Housing

The Nimby Is In Decline - We Needn't Apologise For Building The Homes That Britain Needs

Mark Henderson | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK
Mark Henderson

Theresa May's speech last week put housing in the spotlight. A well-deserved spotlight in my view. It might not have generated as much social media buzz as the Frida Kahlo bracelet or the cough sweet, but social housing did enjoy its share of the limelight.

This Must Be The Start, And Not The End, Of Building More Social Homes

Polly Neate | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK
Polly Neate

The government deserves credit for changing its course. It's good news that it is now acting to ease the misery of at least some private renters. If delivered, the new social homes promised will benefit some of the very people Shelter exists to help - those facing bad housing and homelessness.

Coughing Up £2Billion Shows May Has The Housing Crisis In Her Crosshairs

Rob Warm | Posted 05.10.2017 | UK Politics
Rob Warm

Someone wittier than I on Twitter pointed out that if Martin Luther King is remembered for 'I had a dream' then the Prime Minister's speech will possibly be remembered as the 'I had a cough' speech. But it will be remembered for something else too. By the end of her speech she had coughed up an extra £2billion for affordable housing.

Each Party Needs To Be Bolder In Combating The Housing Crisis

Adam Peggs | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Politics
Adam Peggs

It should go without saying that Britain is facing its worst housing crisis for decades, if not longer - yet it is also a massive opportunity to radically reform the housing market and put tenants before landlords.

Make Social Housing Our Nation's Badge Of Honour

David Orr | Posted 29.08.2017 | UK Politics
David Orr

Housing association and council tenants are, in truth, just like the rest of us - people doing their best for themselves and their families. They are doing so in what are often cripplingly difficult circumstances. In these situations, nobody should be blamed for poverty or characterised as a cheat, scrounger or failure.

Grenfell - The Myths And Unsung Heros Of Estate Communities

Lou Mensah | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK
Lou Mensah

The Grenfell tragedy shows us what happens when we refuse to listen to people, rendering them powerless. We know the residents shared their concerns o...

Britain Is in the Depths of a Social Housing Crisis

Michelle Ackerley | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK
Michelle Ackerley

The housing investigators hard work and ingenuity is what will really start to turn the tide in the battle against tenancy cheats and hopefully have a positive impact on Britain's social housing crisis. However, with housing shortages, people abandoning their homes and those cheating the system - this is clearly not an easy task.

Is Anything More Patriotic than Ending the Housing Crisis?

Ali Reza Naraghi | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Politics
Ali Reza Naraghi

Regeneration should be first and foremost about the residents of the community who belong there; otherwise we really should ask this question in the coming mayoral election: who are these gentrification projects really for?

What Makes a Home a House?

Steve Doran | Posted 28.01.2017 | UK Politics
Steve Doran

What makes a home a house? Telling people they might get kicked out of it in a few years, that'll get the job done. And anyone now being 'given' a council house these days knows how that feels. No point in doing the garden up. No point in setting up a local mum-and-baby group. No point in joining the neighbourhood watch. Might not be your neighbourhood in five years.

England Needs More Security in Our Housing Market, Not Less - The Government Should Re-think Its Approach to Council Tenancies

Campbell Robb | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Politics
Campbell Robb

We must learn from the past. The last generation of mass council house building included some ugly monolithic estates that did not meet people's aspirations, as well as some better designs. The next generation of low-rent homes need to look like any home you'd see on an ordinary street, and work for the same people who live on those streets.

Is This Really So Hard to Understand?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 08.01.2017 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

What is most ridiculous is that as most disabled people come by their impairment later in life it is very likely that the very people who are so upset by this system of support may have to call on it one day, when they need it the most. Bet they call it fair then.

We Need An Equal London

Ivan Massow | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

A world-leading metropolis like London is, of course, teeming with people from every walk of life and my campaign offered me the opportunity to make personal contact with the issues that have become prevalent in many of our communities and the people they affect.

Artist Fiona Hawthorne And Her Actor Husband Colin Salmon Help Revitalise West London

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

London's inner city housing developments can be pretty grimy and unwelcoming, but here's a new idea that could be picked up by local councils to trans...

Social Housing - The Big Question... "Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You"

Ivan Massow | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

I intended helping these people, but help is just that - giving them the opportunity to change their lives - not keep them in a dependency status quo. The sacrifices those that brought me up made have instilled in me the same desire and drive to improve my life and work hard to try to improve the world around me.

The Tory Manifesto: When You Ask For Housing, And Get Magic Beans

Steve Doran | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Politics
Steve Doran

So, imagine that you and four mates are popping into ASDA on the way to a party. You've each got a quid, and you're heading for the 'one pound a can' offer in the drink aisle. When you get there you spot another sign - twenty cans for a fiver. What course of action makes best business sense?

Impoverished Housing in Focus in Photography Exhibition at Science Museum

Victoria Sadler | Posted 28.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Make Life Worth Living is a collection of photographs at the Science Museum taken by Nick Hedges between 1968 and 1972 of the impoverished urban housing conditions that many Britons lived in...

Immigrant Data Bound To Give Ukip A Headache

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK

Immigrants from Eastern Europe contributed £5 billion to the UK economy over an 11-year period, according to new research data. The research showe...

'Unlawful' Housing Campaigners Forced To Abandon Occupation

Posted 03.10.2014 | UK

A group of campaigners "unlawfully" occupying unused houses to oppose their demolition are being forced out by a London council, despite being granted...

Politics Is for All, So Let's Make Sure Everyone's Vote Matters

Rick Henderson | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Rick Henderson

We'd all like to believe that we live in a democratic society in which the needs and opinions of everyone are considered, regardless of gender, age or social status. But is this actually reflected in our political system?

Bring Back Right to Buy and Stimulate House Building

Phil Shanks | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Phil Shanks

We have run the numbers and concluded we can make this work. While it is complicated and requires a sound knowledge of housing demand and its resultant policy; bringing institutional investment into funding housing supply is the product of a whole range of socio economic and technical demands...

UK Social Housing: How to Get Large Investors Interested

Phil Shanks | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

I am a long time serial investor in housing. I have done so corporately and personally for almost 20 years, through the last recession and am still going strong. I have a range of business interests but my investment into housing is the largest single asset class that I hold...

Proud to Be a Landlord

Phil Shanks | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

I am proud to be a landlord. I consider it a privilege to touch and improve peoples' lives by helping them into good quality accommodation. But today I don't feel so proud. Earlier this week, my attention was drawn to a Channel 4 News report on private landlords.

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.

No Child Should Have to Grow Up in a Cold Home

Matthew Reed | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Matthew Reed

The launch of Cold Homes Week this week is a harsh reminder that millions of children across the UK are growing up in cold homes. New figures reveal that over two million children in England are living in fuel poverty - an alarming 26% rise over last year.

Getting Angry About Billionaire's Row Won't Solve the Housing Crisis

Rebecca Winson | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Politics
Rebecca Winson

Get involved with your community and get it back. It will mean tiresome public meetings in dusty social centres, aching arms from holding placards in the rain, and - even if you're not a big shot landlord - being a bit less selfish, which is never easy. But it sure as hell beats sobbing over click-bait photo galleries of some millionaire's busted up ballroom.