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13

Nov

Is Ofwat taking a tougher approach?

Thames Water’s request for a £29 increase in household bills to cover costs not included in the last price review has been rejected by the industry regulator Ofwat. The…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Services

05

Nov

Are housing costs really rising?

Last week's ONS figures pointed to something very important about the developing “cost of living crisis” – but the message is not quite what it seemed at first sight. The figures …

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

14

Aug

If the public pays for the super sewer it should own it too

Thames Water’s proposal to levy a £30 surcharge on its 14 million customers to help pay for the super sewer is an opportunity that no populist politician worth their salt would mis…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Services

24

Apr

Does the water industry need a dose of responsible capitalism?

The last few weeks have seen much discussion of the policy successes and failures of the 1980s. A particularly unpopular one with the public was the privatisation of major utilitie…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Services

25

Feb

The poor in London: priced out?

Last week, Darren Johnson, one of the Green Party’s members in the London assembly, claimed that new housing benefit figures showed rising numbers of low income families being pric…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

06

Feb

Troubled waters: Living standards and water bills

Ofwat announced yesterday that, from April, water and sewerage bills will be increasing by an average of 3.5%, or up by £13 to £388 annually (this of course masks significant varia…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Services

17

Sep

Is retirement housing affordable? How can anyone tell?

Today JRF publish the findings of our latest report. The research aim was to find out if retirement housing was realistically affordable for older people. Our main obstacle was the…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

13

Jul

What people in poverty can't afford

This week the Joseph Rountree Foundation (JRF) updated their Minimum Income Standard: research that identifies the income required to achieve a socially agreed minimum standard of …

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Income and Poverty

09

Feb

The rise and rise of private renting

New figures show that the number of English households in private rented accommodation has risen by almost 50% in five years. There are now almost as many households in private ren…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

19

May

Low paid Londoners bashed by bus fair rise

Low paid workers who rely on public transport to get to work have been hit especially hard by the higher fares on London’s buses and tubes that came into effect at the start of the…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Services