Author Archives: Natalie Tate

Over £800,000 funding gives private tenants a stronger voice about their housing

Tenants should be a central part of any changes to the private rented sector, yet their voices are often absent and excluded from meaningful debate. In response to this, the Nationwide Foundation is awarding £804,841 of funding to support private rented sector tenants by giving them a stronger voice in the debates on their personal […]

New study of the Scottish private rented sector

The Nationwide Foundation has commissioned a three-year study that will learn from the experiences of households living in and landlords operating in the private rented sector in Scotland. The learning will help to shape further changes needed to support the Scottish approach and it will also make the case for modernisation to the private rented […]

Social letting agencies play a vital role

A new report, Scaling up social lettings? Scope, impact and barriers reveals that social lettings agencies play a vital role in supporting low income and vulnerable people living in the private rented sector. The research was jointly funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Nationwide Foundation. Together we commissioned research to explore the current […]

One in five households faces housing affordability problems

A new report from the Affordable Housing Commission reveals that 4.8 million households in England are facing grave affordability problems. This represents over one in five (21%) of all households and almost 40% of those in the lower half of income distribution. The report, funded by the Nationwide Foundation, also shows that it is in […]

£600,000 to modernise the private rented sector in Manchester

Fair Housing Futures is calling for innovative ideas that will address the challenges of accessing and living in the private rented sector that are trapping tenants with limited financial and social support in Greater Manchester. Organisations such as tenants’ groups, charities, housing associations and those covering planning, development and even health and well-being are encouraged […]

Co-living for older people

New research explores the views of experts and stakeholders on the different models co-living. Various models of co-living for older people have developed in recent years, hoping to provide solutions to some of the housing challenges faced by older people. A new stakeholder review, published in April 2019 by the Cambridge Centre for Housing & […]

Affordable Housing Commission calls for evidence

The Affordable Housing Commission (AHC), the new, independent commission chaired by Lord Richard Best, is issuing a call for evidence for 2019. The call for evidence follows the AHC’s recent focus group work in Birmingham which showed that: First time buyers and struggling renters think that the private rental sector is ‘broken’ and in need […]

Call for proposals for Scottish PRS research

The Nationwide Foundation is inviting proposals to undertake qualitative research and quantitative analysis of the impact on tenants and landlords of changes to the Scottish private rented sector tenancy regime, especially with the recent introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy and the changes to the First-tier Tribunal. The research would understand the impact of these […]

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 […]