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Tackling Temporary Accommodation: Labour Housing Group’s Recommendations
When we talk about homelessness, our thoughts often turn to people in doorways and tents, living on the streets of our towns and cities. Rough sleeping is the most extreme and dangerous form of homelessness and the increasing numbers experiencing it is easy to see. Shocking as this is, it is just the visible tip of the now …
Invest to save: essential for solving the temporary accommodation crisis, Labour Housing Group says
Why Labour Housing Group’s invest to save  approach is needed to resolve the temporary accommodation crisis A safe, stable, and decent home is a foundational building block for life. Home is our space away from the rest of the world where we can relax and feel secure.  However, in England, 140,000 children head into 2024 living not in …
Furniture Poverty and the role of furnished tenancies in social housing
Furniture poverty is too often hidden behind front doors. There are at least 6 million people in the UK living without essential furniture items and this could be a cooker, a fridge, or a child’s bed. As the Cost of Living crisis continues to devastate lives, this figure is rising every day. If people cannot afford food, how …
Planning for 1.5m homes: What are Labour’s Options for Reform?
Key to Labour’s policy offer is a pledge to build 1.5 million homes during the next parliament. Doing so would be transformative, lowering costs, creating tens of thousands of new jobs, and funding the creation of a new generation of affordable and social houses.  Increasing housebuilding is easier said than done. Despite a similar target of 300,000 homes …
Student Housing & the Next Labour Government
As a recent graduate, I remember vividly the housing experiences of my time at university. Most students have horror stories about their flatmates coming home late and causing a ruckus, or messy nights out (and the following 9am lectures), but if you dig a little deeper, you'll find stories of horrendous housing conditions, absent or hostile landlords, and …
More Snakes than Ladders
Occasionally an article comes along that encapsulates what you’re thinking. In the January 11 Economist there was an article entitled ‘The Housing Ladder, 1950-2005’ (https://econ.st/48Svcls note paywall) which came close to summing up my gloom about housing policy over recent decades. Its key theme is that ‘a redundant metaphor (the housing ladder) is blinding policymakers’. The ‘housing ladder’ …
Healthy Homes for Healthy Lives: How Specialist Housing Can Address the Ageing Population Challenge
The UK is getting older The UK has a rapidly ageing population – a growing demographic that will only put further pressure on our already desperate housing crisis. It is projected that, by 2039, the number of people aged 75 and over will double from 5 million to nearly 10 million. Over recent years, the Government has focused …
Rent to buy: the home ownership model with untapped potential?
The Levelling Up, Housing and Communities select committee is mid-way through an inquiry into shared ownership, which includes looking at the barriers to achieving full home ownership under the model and whether it is genuinely an affordable route to owning a home. Delve deeper into the terms of reference and it asks an interesting question: “are alternative schemes …
Poll Position
By comparison to 2022, this year has been rather steady, at least in terms of political polling. Britain Elects’ poll of polls tracker generates an average share across all published polls and recorded the Conservatives’ share as 26% on 2 January, 25% on 30 November. The equivalent figures for Labour were 47% and 44%. Consistently strong leads in …
Forgotten Generation
“We are on our knees in terms of the housing crisis. I have worked in this sector for 35 years and this is the worst I have ever seen it”  Fiona Fletcher-Smith, chair of the G15 group To remedy what is already a catastrophe, we need to activate a national housebuilding programme to deliver the housing that the …
Community Energy for the Future
For too long, we've relied on energy produced and owned abroad – empowering oligarchs while multinational oil and gas companies make record profits all whilst our communities face higher bills which force them to make impossible decisions. With prices reaching record highs, there has never been a more important moment to invest in cheap, clean renewable energy produced and …
Wanted: A Long Term Plan for Home Energy Efficiency
Anthony lives in a 1970s bungalow owned by his local housing association in Greater Manchester.  His home was part of an energy efficiency pilot scheme, where the housing association installed solar panels, triple glazed windows, new doors and cavity wall insulation.  The retrofit works have brought his home up to Energy Performance Certificate B, which means, in energy …
The Home Straight
Housing and a generation of new towns was a big theme of the Labour leader’s conference speech this October — rightly so The battle lines have been drawn. October’s party conference season has seen the Conservatives and Labour start to position themselves ahead of next year’s general election on issues such as climate change, economic growth, education, and …
We Need to End National-Grid Lock
There are two existential threats to our country’s future: tackling the climate emergency and fixing Britain’s housing crisis. Future generations will not look kindly on us if we let these two systemic issues run on unresolved for another decade. They might seem like two distinct challenges, but they’re connected by one key piece of infrastructure: the National Grid. …
Making the Moral Argument for Housing
Let’s start with first principles: housing is a fundamental human right. A right so central, so  fundamental, that it intersects with all others. An inalienable and essential need enshrined in  moral and natural law – though not yet in the statute books. Without it, all else suffers;  educational outcomes fall, inequality worsens, psychological and physical health  deteriorates, and …
Labour’s Plans to Increase Home Ownership & Abolish the Leasehold System
The Labour Party will gather shortly at Liverpool to discuss the National Policy Forum’s report which is likely to form the basis of the manifesto for the next General Election. Labour is seeking the support of aspirant home owners with proposals to guarantee the deposit of those who can obtain a mortgage. The party is concerned that the …
Housing: Labour’s Sixth Mission?
The ‘Final Policy Documents’ from Labour’s National Policy Forum for Labour Conference include the core housing policies from which Labour will draw its Manifesto for next year’s general election. It is therefore probably the most important statement since the 2019 Manifesto and the Housing Green Paper ‘Housing for the many’ produced by John Healey in 2018. It is …
If Not Now, Then When? The Campaign for the Right to Adequate Housing
The Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru, Tai Pawb and Shelter Cymru are the Back the Bill coalition in Wales. It has been campaigning to incorporate the right to adequate housing (RTAH) in Wales since 2019. This June, following a Programme for Government commitment between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru a Green Paper on securing a path to …
The Lost Progressive Potential of Local Plans
What are Local Plans? Local Plans are the bedrock upon which the entire UK planning system is based. Prepared by local planning authorities (councils) they essentially establish how land should be utilised in a given area. Once agreed, they are used to determine planning applications.  The current Local Plan system properly emerged with the 1947 Town and Country …
Shared Ownership: The Consumer Perspective
Shared ownership sharply divides opinion. Is it a “great product” as claimed in a Shared Ownership Market Review 2020? Is it a ‘scam’ – an accusation that at least one housing association apparently feels obliged to counter on their website: “Rumour has it though… Shared Ownership must be a scam – it seems too good to be true!” …

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