Yearly Archives: 2018

New Affordable Housing Commission launched

A new Affordable Housing Commission, chaired by Lord Best, has been established by leading thinktank The Smith Institute, with funding from the Nationwide Foundation. The Commission will examine the causes and impacts of the affordability crisis and propose solutions. This will include looking at whether the existing definition of affordable housing is fit for purpose […]

Planning system failing people in need, says TCPA

A new report, Planning for Affordable Housing, by the Town and Country Planning Association, shows that councils in the most deprived areas of England are meeting only a fraction of their requirements for affordable housing because the planning system is not set up to deliver homes for people in the greatest need. Between 2016-17, Blackpool, Knowsley and Pendle—whose […]

£450,000 funding available for tenants’ voice work

We have opened a dedicated stream of funding to strengthen, support and champion the growth of tenants’ voice work, so that private rented sector tenants have more of a say in the issues that affect their lives and homes. We believe that tenants should be central to any changes to the private rented sector. Yet at the […]

Saphié Ashtiany appointed chair of the Nationwide Foundation

The Nationwide Foundation is delighted to announce that Saphié Ashtiany has been appointed to chair its board of trustees. Saphié takes over the role from Ben Stimson, who has completed his term as a Nationwide Foundation trustee. Ben was on the board of the Nationwide Foundation for 10 years, holding the role of chair for […]

Landmark review slams successive governments for ‘unquestioning’ and ‘uncoordinated’ policy on private renting

A landmark review of the private rented sector in England by academics at the University of York has criticised successive governments for poor policy-making and a lack of strategy that is failing millions of tenants. Released today, The Evolving Private Rented Sector: its Contribution and Potential, funded by the Nationwide Foundation, is a detailed, independent […]

Innovative housing project gets underway in Bristol

The Nationwide Foundation has funded Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol with a grant of £161,160 to support the community to deliver its own affordable housing and therefore address its affordable housing shortage problem. The We Can Make project, run by Knowle West Media Centre, is exploring an innovative way to solve local housing problems, by […]

New toolkit provides one-stop-shop for community-led housing

Using funding from the Nationwide Foundation, the Housing Association Charitable Trust (Hact) has launched a new toolkit for community-led housing. The toolkit brings together, for the first time, all the specialist documentation required to develop a community-led housing scheme into one place. The online toolkit is free and has over 200 pages, with huge amounts […]

New grant gives a voice to London’s private tenants

The Nationwide Foundation has given a grant of £46,000 to the Renters’ Rights London project, run by Camden Federation of Private Tenants. The project will work with selected local authorities to improve the support that they offer to private rented sector tenants and will empower tenants to use the help available and voice their opinions about […]

Manchester’s private rented sector set to undergo significant transformation

The private rented sector in Greater Manchester is set to undergo significant transformation. A new project, Transforming the Private Rented Sector in Greater Manchester, will find system-wide solutions to improve renting for vulnerable tenants in Greater Manchester. The project will innovate and improve upon services and interventions. Ideas for solutions will be explored through a […]

Over 20 community-led housing projects given a boost to get underway

Our funding of a programme to support community-led housing schemes in their infancy has had great results. The availability of support can make or break whether a much-needed scheme can get off the ground. We want to ensure that community groups wanting to deliver community-led housing can realise their vision and ultimately enable local people […]