Category Archives: Social Housing

Measures aimed at fixing Britain’s ‘broken housing market’ being unveiled

Measures aimed at fixing Britain’s “broken housing market” are being unveiled by ministers.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid is saying the proposals will help people currently priced out of buying a home, and bring more stability to renters across England.

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More than 120,000 British children face being homeless this Christmas

More than 120,000 children across Britain face spending this Christmas homeless and in temporary accommodation, according to analysis by Shelter.

The charity, which used government data to make the findings, said the estimated figure is the highest since 2007 when over 133,000 children were living in temporary accommodation by the end of March that year. Continue reading

Housing Bill should also include rogue tenants list, says AIIC

The Housing and Planning Bill, which includes measures to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents, should also address the issue of problem tenants, according to the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC).
Included in the Bill are proposals to ban and fine criminal landlords and letting agents, introduce rent repayment orders and establish a database of ‘blacklisted’ landlords and agents.

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Incoming MPs fear young will rent for life

Just before the General Election, a poll of future MPs published by the National Housing Federation has revealed that nine in 10 (89%) are worried that most under-30s in their constituency will not be able to afford to buy a home in a decade’s time. This echoes young people’s concerns that they will be renting for life.

The ComRes poll of sitting MPs and parliamentary candidates most likely to win their seats also found that almost seven in 10 (68%) future MPs would like the leader of their own party to do more to tackle the county’s housing challenges. Continue reading

Without inheritance children will never own a home?

Research from Shelter has shown that 49% of parents in Britain whose children haven’t bought a home, think the only way they will be able to do so is with inheritance from them.

Many parents feel high house prices and a lack of affordable homes are leaving their children priced out. And the latest government figures suggest they are right to be concerned, with homeownership levels having collapsed among young adults in the last decade. Continue reading

Parents delaying having children because of sky-high housing costs

The sky-high cost of housing is preventing nearly a quarter of 24-39 year olds from starting a family, new research shows.

As a home of their own becomes a distant dream for many, figures from Shelter and YouGov show prospective parents across the UK are putting off having children because housing is so expensive, with 57% of them waiting for up to five years to start a family. Continue reading

New support for social tenants who want to work

Social tenants who need to move for work will no longer be pushed to the back of the housing waiting list, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced yesterday (9 March 2015).

The government is pressing ahead with new regulations and statutory guidance to ensure town halls adopt a ‘Right to Move’ guarantee for all existing council or housing association tenants. Continue reading

Young and lower income pay the price for ‘broken’ housing market

Young people and people on lower incomes are paying the price for the UK’s broken housing market according to a new report.

The extent to which housing is driving inequality and disadvantage is laid bare by the UK Housing Review 2015, published yesterday (Monday 9 March) by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Continue reading

8,000 social homes lost in a decade

Estate regeneration schemes are leading to more homes being built – but there is an overall decline in those available for social rent.

The report ‘Knock It Down or Do It Up?’, from the London Assembly’s Housing Committee, looks at how to improve the process of regenerating housing estates – including the decision of councils or housing associations to either renovate or demolish the estate. Continue reading

Mayor Boris Johnson and Shelter launch home loan scheme

A scheme in London offering workers an interest free loan to pay for their deposit on a rented home is being rolled out across the country.

The scheme was pioneered by housing and homelessness charity Shelter and the Mayor of London last year, with the Department for Communities and Local Government becoming the first in Whitehall to adopt it and securing cross-Government support to introduce it. It is backed by housing minister Brandon Lewis and works like the season ticket loan programme already offered by many employers to help commuters pay for their travel costs. Continue reading