cheaper than private. 80% of market rate
housing associations councils
1.2 m on housing list
some are ex prison and ex army ex homeless
shelter has a petition for more houses
London needs 39 000 a year builds 17 000
social rent pegged to incme. central govt controls
those in greatest need given reasonable preference
social home is permanent
housing assoc is independent of council
social hosuing run at arms length from council
there is a regulator of social housing UK govt
Theresa may 2017 announced 2 bn for new houses
only 5 000 more houses built a year. now only 40 000 social houses a year built
2011 it was 50 000
1950s 200 000 houses a year built
house costs 8 times more than annual salary. in London 11 times
people under 50 vote labour
1990s councils were banned from borrowing money
2003 71% of people owned houses
now it is 64% lowest since 1987
sajid javid announced 600 m to buily 50 000 new homes in s e england
England’s small towns are set to swell with increasing numbers of elderly people as they reject city living amid a hidden housing crisis caused by a lack of appropriate homes for a rapidly ageing population, a new study reveals.
Bexhill in East Sussex, Corby in Northamptonshire and Denton in Greater Manchester are forecast to see the biggest increases in populations aged 55 and above during the next two decades, according to the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Centre for Towns thinktank.
Failure to improve housing options for the elderly could add hugely to care and NHS costs, with the Building Research Establishment forecasting that inappropriate housing for the over-55s will cost nearly £20bn by 2041. Hip fractures caused by falls on stairs, excess cold and overcrowding are among the threats.
ales and profits at Persimmon have slipped as the UK’s second biggest housebuilder attempts to repair its battered reputation after criticism of its shoddy workmanship, huge executive rewards and an overreliance on the government’s help-to-buy scheme.
The company said it had increased spending on customer service by some 40% over the first six months of the year, adding an extra 200 staff to its 5,000-strong workforce to help deal with customer calls and site visits.
Persimmon said it expected to spend an extra £15m on the initiative on top of the additional £140m being spent on homes in progress after criticism over poor-quality builds that included leaks and cracking windows.
Britons indulge in surprise pre-Brexit house buying spree
The group’s half-year profits dropped from £516m to £509m. The number of homes sold totalled 7,584, meaning Persimmon generated more than £67,000 profit from every house completed. The average selling price rose to £216,942, up more than £1,000 on the same time a year ago.
If hospitals deliberately spread disease, it would be a scandal. But with an acute housing crisis, local councils, housing associations and other public bodies are routinely selling off homes intended for social rent at public auction. Those with a responsibility to reduce housing need are making the situation worse.
This month, at least 37 homes are due to go under the hammer at four separate auctions held in West End hotels. Among the sellers are Wandsworth and Westminster councils, which have a combined housing waiting list of 9,000 families, and Oxford Citizens Housing Association, part of GreenSquare Group, which operates in the city with the most unequal housing market outside London.
In east London, Newlon Housing Association is offering a five-bedroom family home in Cable Street, Tower Hamlets – a borough in which 18,000 families are languishing on the housing waiting list. Even London mayor Sadiq Khan is getting-in on the act, with City Hall flogging a three-bedroom semi in Finchley. Another repeat offender is Peabody, one of t
An additional three million social homes are needed to solve the housing crisis, according to a landmark report which calls on the government to extend the criteria for who is eligible for social housing.
A major review by housing charity Shelter, commissioned in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, urges ministers to invest £214bn in a 20-year housebuilding programme that will “reverse the decay” of social mobility in Britain.
The proposals, produced by 16 independent commissioners from across the political spectrum, would offer social homes to millions who fail to qualify under the current system, including young families and elderly people who are “trapped” in rented housing.
More families are being housed in hotels and other nightly rooms in Brighton due to a lack of short-term accommodation, the BBC has learned.
One household made homeless by a fire were put up in a four-star seafront hotel.
Conservative politicians said Brighton and Hove City Council had failed to address the wider shortage of housing and build more homes.
The council is due to discuss plans to find more accommodation this month.
Between April and August, 198 households were placed in “spot-purchased” accommodation, in which the council buys a room on a last-minute, nightly basis in hotels, B&Bs and other rented rooms.
The council forecasts it will have to do this for 337 households by March 2020, compared to an average of 284 per year in the previous four financial years.
Three people made homeless by a fire in December were put up at the Jurys Inn on Brighton seafront, at a cost of £75 per person.