Bad housing

Nearly fifteen million people in England are living in bad housing – that’s three people in ten.  This figure – revealed in a recent Shelter report prepared by NatCen – is made up of 3.6 million children, 9.2 million working age adults and 2 million pensioners.

By bad housing we mean homes that are overcrowded, or fail to meet the government’s ‘Decent Homes Standard’. The basic requirements of the standard are that homes must:

not pose a risk to the… Read more
#MeetTheVoters – housing and the 2015 election

There was a nice moment on Monday night at our political panel event, joint hosted with KPMG. The event discussed what issues will dominate the next election. Our Chief Exec, Campbell Robb, geared himself up to give an impassioned speech on the importance of housing in 2015 – only to be forced to concede that Mary Riddell had already given it!

Mary had just eloquently put the case – as she has done in her columns – for the importance … Read more