Category Archives: Nurturing ideas for change

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. […]

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 […]

Statement on Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The Nationwide Foundation has signed up to the following statement in relation to the current Coronavirus outbreak. We, along with a wider group of funders, recognise that the covid-19 outbreak is an exceptional event that will have an impact on civil society groups, and want to offer reassurance that we stand with the sector during […]

New short film highlights affordability problems in housing

A new animation, launched by the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) and the Affordable Housing Commission, seeks to highlight the changing nature of the UK’s housing system. As well as shining a light on the reasons that ownership is increasingly out of reach, it also tracks changes to the provision of social housing. […]

Co-living for older people – reduced loneliness and lower living costs

A new report from the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, funded by the Nationwide Foundation, has revealed a range of benefits for older people choosing to live with others, as well as identifying barriers to be overcome if co-living is to grow at scale throughout the UK. For this research, the term co-living […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]