Housing

StepChange’s report exposes insecurity of private rented housing sector

14 Nov 2018

In Barry Knight’s book Rethinking Poverty, the second principle of a good society is: ‘so we are secure and free to choose how to live our lives’. The idea of...

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Creating a new narrative for a good society – lessons from Letchworth

26 Sep 2018

  What would a good society look like and how can we achieve it? As described in yesterday’s blog, a small group of people got together in Letchworth Garden...

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What could planning contribute to achieving a good society – lessons from Letchworth

25 Sep 2018

‘Town and country must be married. And out of this joyous union will spring new hope, a new life, a new civilisation.’ Ebenezer Howard, Tomorrow: A Peaceful Path to...

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There have been important successes in our attempts to end poverty, says Paul Nicolson

23 Mar 2018

The main point of Barry Knight’s book is that ‘our efforts to end poverty over the past 75 years have failed’. I disagree. There have been some significant successes....

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Importance of housing underestimated – Paul Nicolson reflects on Rethinking Poverty

21 Sep 2017

In Rethinking Poverty Barry Knight and the Webb Memorial Trust turned to participatory research to provide opportunities for ‘…individuals on low incomes to develop and express their own ideas’. They rightly... Read More

E-BOOK: Housing, poverty and the good society: what can we achieve by 2025?

22 Feb 2017

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, which was heavily influenced by Beatrice and Sidney Webb’s research on social reform. The report offered a post-war strategy for... Read More

2017 Housing Perspectives – concluding thoughts: ‘We resolved crises of housing and poverty before, we can do it again’

17 Feb 2017

In our final exclusive comment piece as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, Richard Rawes, chairman of the Webb Memorial Trust, says we can resolve the... Read More

2017 Housing Perspectives #14: ‘We need a diverse house building model to solve the housing crisis’

16 Feb 2017

Government must support all kinds of house builders to build the homes we need, says Kate Henderson, the chief executive of the Town and Country Planning Association, in the... Read More

2017 Housing Perspectives #13: Standards in the private rented sector ‘must improve’

15 Feb 2017

Government must do more to protect the millions of people renting in the private sector, argues Seb Klier, from Generation Rent, in the latest of our exclusive articles compiled... Read More

2017 Housing Perspectives #12: ‘We must not leave our suburbs behind’

09 Feb 2017

A suburban renaissance will be key to solving our housing crisis, says Paul Hunter from the Smith Institute, in the latest of our exclusive articles compiled as part of... Read More

2017 Housing Perspectives #11: ‘Time to make council housing a big part of the solution to the housing crisis’

08 Feb 2017

The building of new council homes should be a key part of solving our housing crisis, argues Martin Wheatley, from the campaign for social housing (SHOUT), in the latest... Read More

2017 Housing Perspectives #10: ‘Local solutions are needed for local problems’

07 Feb 2017

In the latest of our exclusive articles compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, Jennifer Line explores what community-led housing has to offer in response... Read More

2017 Housing Perspectives #9: ‘We must build communities, not just new homes’

07 Feb 2017

In the latest of our exclusive articles, compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, Ruth Davidson from the National Housing Federation explains creating communities, and... Read More

2017 Housing Perspectives #8: ‘We must listen to children if we’re really going to tackle poverty’

03 Feb 2017

The experiences of children in poverty should guide our approach to tackling poverty, argues Rys Farthing in the latest of our exclusive articles compiled as part of the 75th... Read More

2017 Housing Perspectives #7: ‘Unfolding before our eyes is a glaring missed opportunity to overcome the housing affordability crisis’

02 Feb 2017

In the latest of our exclusive articles compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, Alice Martin argues the government needs to get smarter about selling... Read More

2017 Housing Perspectives #6: We must always remember our social purpose

01 Feb 2017

Terrie Alafat CBE, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, says the sector must do more to prepare for the challenges which lie ahead in the latest of... Read More

2017 Housing Perspectives #5: ‘More must be done to tackle fuel poverty’

31 Jan 2017

‘More must be done to tackle fuel poverty’ 31/01/2017 Sarah Daly, director of strategic sustainability and partnerships, Sustainable Homes, says more must be done to end fuel poverty in... Read More

2017 Housing Perspectives #4: Housing policy proposals are ‘just tinkering with the problem’

30 Jan 2017

Duncan Bowie, senior lecturer in spatial planning at the University of Westminster, argues for a fundamental change in housing policy in the latest in a series of exclusive articles... Read More

2017 Housing Perspectives #3: ‘Intervention needed’ to reduce welfare bill without causing more poverty

27 Jan 2017

Toby Lloyd from Shelter explores the need for government intervention to reduce the welfare bill and tackle poverty in today’s exclusive article, compiled as part of the 75th anniversary... Read More

2017 Housing Perspectives #2: Growth of private sector renting and poverty ‘closely linked’

26 Jan 2017

In today’s exclusive article, compiled as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, Peter Kenway from the New Policy Institute examines the relationship between the growth of... Read More

REPORT: Social Housing and the Good Society

25 Jan 2017

Social Housing and the Good Society: Policy Futures Report This is a the final report for the Webb Memorial Trust by the University of Birmingham’s Housing and Communities Research Group exploring change in... Read More

2017 Housing Perspectives #1: ‘Housing must be central to attempts to tackle poverty’

25 Jan 2017

In the first of a number of exclusive articles which shine a light on the link between poverty and housing, Brian Robson, from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, argues housing... Read More

Event Report: What is the future of social housing?

21 Oct 2016

Most commentators now agree that the shortage of housing in the UK is reaching crisis proportions, with rental costs rising sharply and those on low incomes particularly seriously affected.... Read More

19 October 2016 – What is the future of social housing?

04 Oct 2016

Wednesday 19th October 2016, 14.15-16.00, Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, Westminster. Tea & coffee available from 14.00. Co-hosted by APPG on Poverty and APPG on Housing & Planning What is the future... Read More

Blog: Whose Land is it Anyway?

18 Feb 2016

Richard Rawes, Chair of the Webb Memorial Trust, reflects on recent events at the Town and Country Planning Association, Institute of Economic Development and New Economics Foundation. The Trust... Read More

REPORT: Planning4People

27 Oct 2015

#Planning4People: a Manifesto The planning system was invented to help provide a good home, for everyone, in a healthy, thriving place. But in the last few decades something has... Read More