Social Housing

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

Rick Henderson | Posted 25.06.2014 | 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 25.06.2014 | 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.

Government Must Cap Rents for Social Housing to Help Boost Supply

Phil Shanks | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

As part of the work we have been looking at the predictions of organisations like Savilles, the Land Registry and the Housing Federation concerning house prices and rental predictions and the news is that house prices will be up 42% by 2020 while rents will have increased by more than his over the same time.

Has Boris Finally Lost the Plot?

Edward Adoo | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Politics
Edward Adoo

Love or hate Boris Johnson he tends to get things wrong as we all do because we are human and it's only natural but this time in my true and humble opinion BOJO has gone too far and overstepped the mark on all counts.

As Straw Struggles, the Conservatives Concede - A Balance Must Be Found for the UK's Immigration Policy

Sarosh Zaiwalla | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sarosh Zaiwalla

While Jack Straw may feel this was a policy blunder from his party, I do not believe this to be such a clear cut issue. It has been shown on countless occasions that immigrants coming to the UK bring a tangible profitable contribution to the economy.

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....

Economic Recovery That Suits Some and Ignores the Rest

Phil Shanks | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

There is little doubt in my mind that the stronger economic news shows the economy is on the move but its current trajectory is to a recovery that suits some and ignores the rest...

Towards a Vision: Housing Associations and England's Housing Crisis

David Orr | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
David Orr

We can't afford to be caught unaware like this again. There is too much at stake: the country is in a housing crisis and needs housing associations to build homes, while millions of people around the country depend on them for shelter. These businesses need to be strong and must be able to weather even the harshest of storms.

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.

Immigrants 'Draw Less Benefits' Than Native Brits

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK

Recent immigrants to Britain are better educated, pay more taxes and draw less state benefits than native Britons. The findings, taken from offici...

The Penny Drops: It Is Back to Business as Usual

Phil Shanks | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

If you have ever been conned you will recognise the natural inclination of trying to convince yourself that you haven't - desperate to believe that you are not that gullible. For some time I have resisting the view that we have been 'done up like a kipper' when it comes to the economy. But we have.

You Cannot Change the Basic Laws of Supply and Demand

Phil Shanks | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

As the government rolls out the next stage of its help to buy scheme, it has pooh-poohed the contention that there will be a housing bubble - claiming that it would somehow suspend the laws of supply and demand by exercising care in selecting appropriate candidates.

A Fair Deal for Social Tenants

Ben Rogers | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Rogers

Poverty campaigners often talk about the 'unmet needs' of one group or another. And there is no doubt that our welfare state leaves a lot of needs unmet. But we don't talk often enough about a second category - people who don't have needs but have these un-needs met.

Digital Isolation Plagues Those Who Need Internet Most

Marie-Louise Abretti | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Tech
Marie-Louise Abretti

The internet isn't a privilege, it's an essential. Social housing tenants are less likely to own computers, and may see home broadband as a luxury spend. They may not possess the necessary skills to use the internet or hardware due to a lack of training, particularly if they have been out of work for a long time.

Tenancy Fraud Costing Councils £845m

PA | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK

Social housing providers could save millions of pounds by targeting tenancy fraud, according to a new study. Figures released last week show that i...

The True Cost of Being a Landlord

Phil Shanks | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK
Phil Shanks

Housing remains my preferred investment choice. Get it right and it provides a stable return that keeps pace with inflation. But the revenue return rates are not as high as some would have you believe. They are however sensible, sustainable and therefore attractive as an investment.

Carer Told To Leave Council House Because She Was 'Not Efficient Use Of Resources

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK

A woman who cared for her sick mother for 20 years has failed to persuade senior judges to allow her to stay in the three-bedroom council house where ...

Businesses Are Held Hostage as the Housing Crisis Chokes Our Economic Recovery

David Orr | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK
David Orr

We commissioned a ComRes survey that found four out of five employers said the lack of affordable housing was choking economic growth, with 70% warning it was affecting their ability to attract and keep workers.

The Reality of the Welfare Reform

Stef Benstead | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

I'm seeing the problem now; I know people who are struggling; I'm seeing what happens when there isn't enough money and there isn't enough health. I'm seeing the despair... People have ended their lives. People are going without food and medicine. People are becoming homeless. And this is because of the changes this government is making.

Clock is Ticking While Government Denies Crisis

Phil Shanks | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

Unfortunately, this government inspired (and underwritten) subprime mortgage is threatening the economic benefits of house building by injecting an additional dose of risk into the transaction. When did we decide that high loan to value mortgages had become less risky?