Author Archives: Sam Phripp

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 […]

Landmark housing report seeks to ‘rebalance’ the housing system

The Affordable Housing Commission has released its final report calling for significant changes to England’s housing system. Comprised of 15 housing experts, the Commission has made a wide range of recommendations with one overarching belief – that the housing system has become unbalanced and action needs to be taken to make it fit for the […]

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 fund launches to give house-building power back to local people

A new housing fund has launched, aiming to empower community groups, enabling them to plan and build 1,000 affordable homes in communities across England. The fund, led by CAF Venturesome, the social investment arm of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), is funded by a group of charities and benefactors including the Nationwide Foundation. The fund […]