Monthly archives: July 2016

Kevin Garvey
Kevin Garvey

By Kevin Garvey

Is ‘pop-up’ the answer to London’s homelessness crisis?

Last summer we blogged about how pop-up homelessness accommodation was a quick-fix to England’s dire housing crisis. We wrote that while cheap pre-fab has a role to play as a quick relief for homeless families, it could never be a long-term solution, nor provide people with a sense of home.

Today, the London Borough of Lewisham officially unveiled their very own answer to the dire shortage of temporary homeless accommodation. PLACE in Ladywell – a council built and managed scheme … MORE...

John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

Three reasons Brexit makes this the absolute worst time to implement Right to Buy 2

With the political turmoil of the last few weeks, the Housing and Planning Act might feel a bit like ancient history. It might be tempting to try to forget the Right to Buy 2 policy as all just a bad dream.

It wasn’t. So let’s start with a quick recap.

This is the policy to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants and pay for it by forcing councils to sell their ‘higher value’ homes when the current … MORE...

Poppy Terry
Poppy Terry

By Poppy Terry

Lessons to be learned from North of the border?

Conservative MP Bob Blackman recently introduced a Private Members Bill to amend and update England’s homelessness legislation. The discussion about the need for legislative change, and what this might look like, has been rumbling on for a little while now. One feature of this debate has been a comparison with England’s neighbouring nations, where approaches to helping homeless people have diverged from ours.

In response to these discussions, Shelter put together a briefing which summarises the recent changes to … MORE...

Vicky Pearlman
Vicky Pearlman

By Vicky Pearlman

Repent at leisure? Why the introduction of Pay to Stay should be slowed right down

It would be easy to imagine that all of Government is focused on the possible implications of leaving the EU. But behind the scenes, civil servants are developing the regulations necessary to actually implement the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

We set out our initial concerns about ‘Pay to Stay’ (also known as policy on ‘high income social tenants’) back in February – that it could increase the housing benefit bill, weaken incentives to work, price out teachers, nurses … MORE...

Sara Mahmoud
Sara Mahmoud

By Sara Mahmoud

Help to Buy – the drugs don’t work

Last week’s government press release on Help to Buy emphasised getting people on to the housing ladder and supporting ‘responsible lending’. Accompanying statistics, however, show it is failing to help those on normal incomes.

Supporting the credit constrained or supporting prices?

Of those using Help to Buy Equity, 1 in 5 are already homeowners and the incomes of those using the scheme are higher than those of young renters in the regions of England where it is most popular.

The … MORE...