Monthly archives: October 2016

John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

New research: give English renters control over their lives by learning from our neighbours

The prime minister has spoken passionately about her desire to give ordinary working class families ‘control over their lives’. More and more working class families now live in private rented homes. So finding a way to give private tenants a greater sense of control is going to be key to fulfilling the prime minister’s ambition.

We’re publishing research today that not only shows that introducing more secure tenancies will give renters a greater sense of control, but new evidence from MORE...

Toby Lloyd
Toby Lloyd

By Toby Lloyd

Watch out for the Lump of Subsidy Fallacy

Governments repeatedly come up with new types of ‘affordable’ housing that don’t actually make homes genuinely affordable, because they hope this will help more people by making subsidies go further. But this is a mistake, because house building finances are more complicated than doing the weekly grocery shop.

Our new research published today (and covered in The Sun) shows just how few people on ordinary incomes can afford the private rent on an ordinary home. We all know … MORE...

Steve Akehurst
Steve Akehurst

By Steve Akehurst

Autumn Statement 2016: what is needed to help the ‘just about managing’ classes?

We are now a little under a month away from the Autumn Statement 2016, the first of Theresa May’s government.

Though these set pieces –  ‘fiscal events’ as civil servants term them – can feel a little overblown, they do really matter.

Firstly of course because public investment, while not the be all and end all, remains an important part of solving the housing crisis, especially when it comes to homelessness and affordability issues*. But secondly, and more importantly, because … MORE...

John Bibby
John Bibby

By John Bibby

License to thrill – new changes to HMO licensing are worth getting excited about

The government is extending mandatory licensing for houses in multiple occupation so 870,000 additional private tenants have extra protection from rogue landlords, including through minimum space standards. It is also consulting on further changes to improve the level of protection they get. While these are positive steps in their own right, the indication that the government continues to recognise the need for reform in the PRS is also hugely encouraging.

Tweaking HMO licensing regulation doesn’t exactly sound like the sort … MORE...

Kate Webb
Kate Webb

By Kate Webb

Reducing homelessness needs bills and bricks

The latest version of the Homelessness Reduction Bill has been published, ahead of a crucial second reading vote that will determine whether England’s homelessness legislation is reformed.

Bob Blackman’s bill would replicate the broad approach of the system recently introduced in Wales. Local authorities would have to help all eligible households – regardless of priority need or intentionality – to assess and prevent or relieve their homelessness. Priority need households who are homeless through no fault of their own would … MORE...

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