Author Archives: Sam Phripp

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 […]

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 […]

Funders join forces to demand better for renters hit by Covid-19

A group of charitable funders have written to the Secretary of State for Housing, Robert Jenrick MP, to propose further support for renters and people experiencing homelessness. The letter is signed by 12 charitable funders that have provided over £110 million funding into housing and homelessness in the UK over the last three years. Despite […]

New research will shine a light on experiences of private rented sector’s poorest

A new research project, being carried out by the University of York’s Centre for Housing Policy with support from the Nationwide Foundation, will seek to build an understanding of how the UK’s private rented sector is experienced by those renting in the least expensive 30% of properties. Taking around 12 months, the research will look […]