No case to answer First Published 12 January 2017 Justice for private sector landlords and tenants hinges on an extension of the housing ombudsman scheme, argues Mike Biles Social tenants have security of tenure, the right of access to an ombudsman and, from April 2017, will all be regulated byRead More →

Braced for the cuts First Published 26 October 2016 Forget doing ‘more with less’. For housebuilders, it’ll be all about doing ‘anything with nothing’ Just about the only certainty in politics right now is that public money will get scarcer. So far, housing investment has held up, as the governmentRead More →

Asset building First Published 29 September 2015 Stephen Hill argues that the planning system is the key to using publicly owned land to deliver affordable homes People who say ‘I told you so’ are irritating. A commentator in last September/October’s LPW said: ‘How can new homeowners possibly afford all thisRead More →

A £1.4 billion pound boost HHSE’s three-year housing investment project identifies new housing needs figures in England. The cost to tackle the problem is £12 billion a year, but only £1.4 billion would need to come from public spending. The charity’s Howard Highe makes the case Three years ago, HHSERead More →

Missing the X-factor First Published 14 January 2017 The housing industry, by failing to meet the demand for family homes, has a lot to answer for, says Wayne Hemingway I’m chair of Building for Life and about three years ago we did a survey of new housing in Britain. WeRead More →

Jobsworth First Published 29 September 2015 By the time you read this the Baggotts will be summering on the Polish Riviera. Again. Thanks to the dodgy timeshare I bought along the coast from Gdansk last year it looks like we will be doing it for the foreseeable future. But asRead More →

No-go zones First Published 29 September 2015 The recent redrawing of the housing benefit boundaries has left many claimants facing shortfalls, says Liz Phelps April 2015 saw the roll out of the local housing allowance across the private rented sector. Experience from the 18 local housing allowance pathfinder areas duringRead More →

No more nice guy First Published 18 November 2015 In the third of a series of articles on the housing market, Peter Williams charts the transition from the NICE to the VILE decade Our story is continuing to unfold. The mortgage market is being transformed into something smaller and moreRead More →

Jobsworth: Triumph of the willing First Published 19 October 2016 Keeping hope alive despite current austerity Just like suits and shoes if you wait long enough in housing eventually you come back into fashion. I’ll freely admit that Kerrydale District Council has been somewhat of a sartorial backwater over theRead More →

Money where the mouth is First Published 01 January 2016 The biggest cash injection ever put into tackling rough sleeping -£200 million -shows how serious government is about beating the problem, says homelessness minister, Iain Wright Ten years ago, government, local authorities and the voluntary sector came together to sayRead More →