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Homes 2 Lease

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City Politics

Another nail in the coffin of social housing

As they head into the general election, all the parties recognise that there is a severe housing shortage, which is having a devastating effect on …

Tories make tenants and homeless pay for social housing give away as election bribe

The desperate search for shrinking votes has pushed Iain Duncan Smith into yet another spectacular own goal. His latest pet idea is to extend the</i> …

The Guardian view on Britain’s choice 2015: housing policy

Everyone needs a roof over their head. That’s why housing has to be at the heart of economic policy<p>A decent place to live is a necessity for everyone, whether or not they can afford to own. But for more than a generation, housing policy has been all about home ownership. From the moment Mrs …

Housing

Government needs to renovate its housing policy

Gauteng Premier David Makhura opened a Pandora's box this week when he said millions of RDP houses built by the government over the past 20 years …

Housing

How about a genuinely radical housing policy – a free market

The housing market has been distorted for decades by one government after another<p>Housing bonds designed to divert cash from Isas into property. A 1980s-style home-ownership revolution. A rent-to-own scheme. A massive programme to re-build council housing. Both the main, and indeed the fringe, …

Peoples Agenda profile 9: Focus E15

<b>‘We won’t stop until we win back the whole of Carpenters Estate and we end social cleansing!’</b>Focus E15 campaign began life in Summer 2013, when 29 …

What’s it like to live in NY’s social housing?

In 2010, several hundred residents of the rotting red brick buildings that occupy New York became owners of a new Kodak camera. The catch? They would undergo a 12-week photography course, a ‘social-art project’ of sorts, to produce a book reflecting their lives through a lens. Titled<i>Project Lives</i>, …

We need a new deal to restore the rights of social housing tenants

The poorest people in our society are living increasingly precarious lives. They are stuck in zero hours contracts that make it impossible to plan for the costs of living. They feel the sharpest ends of every reform of the benefits system, which are cutting holes in the safety net until they …

Housing

Lightsource targets social housing sector with SHIFT partnership

Solar PV developer, Lightsource is targeting the UK’s social housing sector after partnering with the Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT) …

The Tories' latest "right to buy" plan will make the housing crisis worse – because it's about votes not homes

Britain is facing a housing crisis. Nine million people are trapped in increasingly unaffordable private rented accommodation. The price of the …

Housing

Why voters won't buy the Tory social housing sale offer

It is designed to recall Thatcher’s heyday but the manifesto’s extension of right to buy to housing association tenants may backfire as unpopular and unfair to many<p>Extending the right-to-buy housing policy to residents of housing association-owned social homes hopes to rekindle the so-called …

Housing

David Cameron's Right to Buy extension is a terrible policy that's only going to make the housing crisis worse

Currently, only people living in council houses, which are owned by the government, are entitled to enter the Right to Buy scheme. They can purchase their homes at a discounted rate, which stands at a maximum discount of £77,900 across England and at £103,900 in London.<p>Around 800,000 housing …

Right to buy is Wrong for London

London has a crisis. Londoners know it, we live with it every day. Quite simply, there aren’t enough decent homes to go round, and we’re not building …

Housing

1st Touch 360 Streamlines Social Housing Functions, Drives Value For Money and Frees Up Vital Resources

1st Touch (www.1sttouch.com) the UK's leading developer of mobile systems for the social housing sector has announced the addition of '1st Touch 360' …

Council looks to make money as private landlord

EDINBURGH is set to become the first local authority in Scotland to move into the private landlord business, building up to 1000 houses a year for …

Housing

The right to buy...votes

BRITONS are obsessed with home ownership, but an acute housing shortage has put it out of the reach of many. The last census, in 2011, recorded the …