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05

Jan

The private rented sector is broken, the Housing Bill should do more to fix it

Today the Housing and Planning Bill is being debated in the House of Commons. Whilst most of the attention so far has been on changes to social housing, the Bill is also parliament…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

27

Nov

Housing problems for private renters do not stop at affordability: quality and security are also crucial

The growing number of private renters in poverty has been one of the biggest poverty changes in recent years. This poses challenges not just in terms of affordability, but quality …

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

15

Apr

The 'safety net' for private renters is shrinking fast

In the third of our safety net series we look at the role housing benefit and how, through a series of subtle changes, the safety net for renters is shrinking fast. There are two …

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

06

Mar

Even working households need help to pay for ‘affordable housing’

Rises in social sector rents undermine work, welfare reform and deficit reduction. The headline finding in last week’s English Housing Survey was that there are now more private r…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

28

Feb

The stalled child poverty strategy requires a radical response: the newly-housed homeless show how

Is “a home not a dwelling, sound, affordable and secure” now the rock on which efforts to end child poverty should be built? This was the week when the government was expected fin…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Income and Poverty

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

17

Oct

Is London’s poverty shifting to the suburbs?

In the report we published this week with the Trust for London, we looked at the changing pattern of poverty in the capital. A key finding of the report is that the pattern of…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Income and Poverty

14

Oct

Big changes in London poverty patterns

Today, Trust for London published our London Poverty Profile 2013; the fourth in series of reports looking at a range of indicators of poverty and disadvantage. These include low i…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Income and Poverty

03

Jul

The least known housing benefit change is having the biggest impact

In 2013, following years of increase, the number of private rented housing benefit claims in Inner London fell whilst in Outer London it continued to grow. Many commentators have a…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

25

Mar

Half the increase in homelessness results from the private rented sector

Last week saw the publication of the latest set of homelessness statistics. The number of households in temporary accommodation in October-December 2012 is 9% up on the same time t…

  • Author: Adam Tinson
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

28

Feb

Housing, poverty and the private rented sector

Today JRF published a findings paper on the links between housing and poverty. It covers the headline housing and poverty statistics but also the dynamics between housing, work and…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

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

26

Nov

The private rented sector is now the poverty front line

Today NPI’s 15th annual Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion report is published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.  To coincide with the report, this week we will be writing a …

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Housing and Homelessness

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