Shared Ownership: why we deserve far greater transparency
Glossy ads present a rosy picture of shared ownership. But some first-time buyers are discovering the reality doesn't live up to the rhetoric. Why are shared owners demanding greater transparency from housing associations and the National Housing Federation? This article breaks down some home truths about shared ownership, and what one housing campaigner is doing about it. Shared …
Housing as a universal human right
When Leilani Farha, the former UN Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, spoke at the Labour Housing Group (LHG) Connected 2020 Fringe meeting, she argued that housing should be a universal human right. Is this achievable and if so how do we organise to achieve it? And will it bring an end to homelessness? Her organisation, The …
First Homes should be affordable to local median earners
As many commentators had predicted, a concerted lobbying campaign by many local authorities and members of parliament has led to the first signs of a softening of the government’s wider reform of the planning system. It seems that ministers are firmly in listening mode, as they are starting with a review of perhaps one of the most controversial …
When it comes to building homes – planning isn’t the problem
As we enter 2021 there is no doubt that Britain is facing a housing crisis ─ a crisis of supply, demand, affordability and quality. Sadly, like an unwelcome ghost at the feast, all the Government seemed to be offering us last Christmas is reheated policy ideas, gone-off planning reform, regifted funding and a long hangover after a decade …
Beyond Short-Termism: How to Fix the Covid-19 Renters Crisis
Resolution Foundation report demonstrates the inadequacy of the Government's response to the renters crisis – it must go beyond its own short-termism, writes Jack Shaw. In March the Government said that this pandemic was an opportunity to end rough sleeping for good. New research by the Resolution Foundation has made it clear that that won't be the case …
Will a new planning system magically create new housing?
Labour would make a great mistake if they think that the disquiet in the Tory shires about the Government’s proposed planning reforms – or the departure of Dominic Cummings – will sink the Planning White Paper. Johnson has come out plainly saying he wants abolition of the present planning system, come what may – and we have to …
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