Author Archives: Natalie Tate

£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 […]

£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 […]