Yearly Archives: 2020

Blog: Decision time for the Community Housing Fund

When Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, delivers his spending review to the House of Commons next week, he’ll undoubtedly feel a great many eyes boring into him. As a nation, we face twin-battles, Covid-19 and the directly related economic implications. When considered against this challenge, our request that the Chancellor renews the Community […]

Survey of social landlords raises concern about planning reforms

A new survey of social landlords, managing up to 900,000 homes, has been published by the Affordable Housing Commission. The survey, compiling responses from 54 organisations across England, found a range of worries and concerns surrounding the government’s proposed changes to the planning system. Results found that: 72% of respondents disputed the government’s claim that […]

Comprehensive Spending Review: a chance for truly affordable housing?

The decisions taken by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak in his Comprehensive Spending Review this autumn have the power to reshape our housing system. We mustn’t forgo this opportunity to provide the homes our nation needs, while building our way out of the economic hardship that the country currently faces. That’s why, in responding to the […]

New fund should buy up private homes for social rent, says commission

The Affordable Housing Commission has called for a £1.3bn fund to provide new social rented homes. Its report, A National Housing Conversion Fund, proposes the creation of 42,500 new homes for social rent. These homes would mainly be properties sold by private sector landlords exiting the market. The houses could then be bought by social […]

Community-led housing: improved wellbeing and proven value for money

Research released today (15th September) has added weight to calls for funding for community-led housing. Commissioned by the National Community Land Trust Network, Housing by the Community, For the Community looks at the value returned on public investment in the sector in England. The report suggests a clear value for money case for community-led housing […]

Blog: Talking about affordable housing & why it matters

Talking about housing - Samantha Stewart

Communication is everything. From the first time we make eye-contact with a parent, to the way we portray ourselves at a job interview. How we come across and how we make ourselves understood can shape our lives. We’ve all been in places, after all, where we’ve gotten it wrong and failed to make ourselves clear. […]

The Community Land Trust Start-up Fund – A Decade of Success

The Nationwide Foundation has welcomed an independent evaluation into the National Community Land Trust Network’s Community Land Trust Start-up Fund. It comes a full decade after the first fund of this kind was launched in 2008. The evaluation found that the most recent fund saw over 200 community-led housing groups awarded over £700,000. This funding […]

Court ruling makes it clear – ‘No DSS’ discrimination is unlawful

A landmark ruling from York County Court has found that housing benefit discrimination is unlawful and in breach of the Equalities Act. In a case brought by Jane* against an unnamed letting agent, it was found that the agent had unlawfully refused to rent any properties to her on the basis that she was a […]

Income-linked rents and more social housing: IPPR’s new report

A new report, released this week by the Institute for Public Policy Research, has revealed the true extent of the nation’s sky-high rents, as well as proposing new ideas to provide truly affordable accommodation for tenants. Renting Beyond Their Means? The Role of Living Rent in Addressing Housing Affordability, assesses the state of England’s housing […]

More than 10,000 homes poised to be built if housing fund is renewed

Two charitable funders have joined forces to call on the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, to renew the Community Housing Fund. The joint letter, from the Nationwide Foundation and Power to Change, calls on Mr Sunak to support community-led housing in the autumn spending review. In addition, the letter confirms that research into […]