The government has long promoted the idea that we can build our way out of the housing crisis. Startling numbers of empty homes suggest the problem isn’t one of scarcity but affordability
Insulate Britain, a new environmental campaign group, is right to highlight the need for action on home insulation.
A new analysis shows how government policy led to thousands more overcrowded households in the years ahead of the pandemic.
Homes are now not only places to live, but also pensions, savings accounts and social care plans.
The current focus on number of homes built ignores other issues of social and environmental justice.
Coronavirus has made it glaringly obvious how serious the problems with UK housing are.
The size of our housing is linked to our physical and mental health.
Stereotypes that paint landlords as “bad” and tenants as “good”, and pit the two groups against each other, are actually holding back progress.
The number of older renters is growing – and much less is known about their experiences in the expensive and insecure private rented sector.
There are benefits to society of good housing for all – health, wellbeing, savings from costs of crime and health – that are not captured in its price.
Not all landlords see their properties purely as investments. As welfare reforms take hold, some are starting to take greater responsibility for the well-being of their tenants.
From Berlin to New York, citizens from around the world have shown that it is possible to get governments to make affordable housing a priority.
Landlords could have a big impact on public health, if they help their tenants to feel at home.
New laws were supposed to protect people from living in unsafe conditions – but in the eyes of a judge, property guardians might not even count as ‘tenants’.
Some houses are like a time capsule of social history that can tell us how living standards, and fashions, have changed over the years.
Previous laws gave tenants very little protection – but now landlords could face court if they don’t keep their properties in good repair.
The government has had to rethink its roll-out of Universal Credit – but small tweaks to the system won’t prevent people on housing benefit from being evicted.
Young people can make big savings living with their parents, but it throws up some thorny issues.
It’s time to ditch this divisive label, and recognise the real cause of housing inequality.
Windows help those who can’t get out understand and participate in the world around them.