Author Archives: Sam Phripp

A limited time offer for Rishi Sunak

“While he has few easy options, renewing the Community Housing Fund would be popular, would deliver truly affordable homes and would represent a decent return on investment.” Gary Hartin, Programme Manager for the Nationwide Foundation’s Backing Community-Led Housing programme. Most of us have been there at one time or another, doing the weekly shop, with […]

12,000 community-led homes hang in the balance ahead of October spending review, reveals new report

Research launched today by the Community Land Trust Network has found that over 12,000 community-led homes could be built if the chancellor commits £65 million of new funding in October’s spending review.

Jointly funded by the Nationwide Foundation and Power to Change, the research considered the state of England’s community-led […]

Jonathan Lewis: Planning reform must increase, not hinder, the supply of genuinely affordable homes.

The government’s Planning Bill is expected to offer an al a carte menu, but if it takes forward the proposals as set out in the Planning White Paper, while it would have some satisfying appetisers, I worry that the main course may be less palatable. Few dispute proposals to speed up the planning system, update […]

Leigh Pearce: Affordable housing must be at the heart of the Government’s legislative agenda

In May 2021, the Queen’s Speech provided an opportunity for ministers to put affordable housing centre stage. Alongside promises to abolish Section 21 evictions and reform the planning system, the government’s proposals must boost social housing and tackle our affordability crisis. According to the Affordable Housing Commission, 20% of all households were concerned about the affordability of […]

Review into private rented sector raises concerns for lower-income renters

A blend of issues, including reduced investment in social housing, changes to the benefits system and buy-to-let landlords leaving the market have been highlighted in new research by Dr Julie Rugg from the University of York. In Property Supply to the Lower End of the English Private Rented Sector, questions are posed about how sustainable […]

Nationwide Foundation welcomes launch of new renters’ coalition

The Nationwide Foundation has welcomed the official launch of the Renters’ Reform Coalition, a group of 20 leading charities, think-tanks, housing and renter organisations of which it is a founding member and funder. The Coalition’s launch coincides with the two-year anniversary of the government’s commitment to end so-called ‘no-fault’ evictions from private rented sector properties. […]

The Nationwide Foundation joins coalition to reform private renting

Exactly a year since the government announced it would end no-fault evictions and reform the private rented sector, the Nationwide Foundation has joined other organisations to form the new Renters’ Reform Coalition. The coalition is formed of organisations who all campaign for improvements to the private rented sector in England. Made up of national housing […]

Blog: Decision time for the Community Housing Fund

When Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, delivers his spending review to the House of Commons next week, he’ll undoubtedly feel a great many eyes boring into him. As a nation, we face twin-battles, Covid-19 and the directly related economic implications. When considered against this challenge, our request that the Chancellor renews the Community […]

Survey of social landlords raises concern about planning reforms

A new survey of social landlords, managing up to 900,000 homes, has been published by the Affordable Housing Commission. The survey, compiling responses from 54 organisations across England, found a range of worries and concerns surrounding the government’s proposed changes to the planning system. Results found that: 72% of respondents disputed the government’s claim that […]

Comprehensive Spending Review: a chance for truly affordable housing?

The decisions taken by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak in his Comprehensive Spending Review this autumn have the power to reshape our housing system. We mustn’t forgo this opportunity to provide the homes our nation needs, while building our way out of the economic hardship that the country currently faces. That’s why, in responding to the […]