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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

New fund should buy up private homes for social rent, says commission

The Affordable Housing Commission has called for a £1.3bn fund to provide new social rented homes. Its report, A National Housing Conversion Fund, proposes the creation of 42,500 new homes for social rent. These homes would mainly be properties sold by private sector landlords exiting the market. The houses could then be bought by social […]

Community-led housing: improved wellbeing and proven value for money

Research released today (15th September) has added weight to calls for funding for community-led housing. Commissioned by the National Community Land Trust Network, Housing by the Community, For the Community looks at the value returned on public investment in the sector in England. The report suggests a clear value for money case for community-led housing […]

Blog: Talking about affordable housing & why it matters

Talking about housing - Samantha Stewart

Communication is everything. From the first time we make eye-contact with a parent, to the way we portray ourselves at a job interview. How we come across and how we make ourselves understood can shape our lives. We’ve all been in places, after all, where we’ve gotten it wrong and failed to make ourselves clear. […]

The Community Land Trust Start-up Fund – A Decade of Success

The Nationwide Foundation has welcomed an independent evaluation into the National Community Land Trust Network’s Community Land Trust Start-up Fund. It comes a full decade after the first fund of this kind was launched in 2008. The evaluation found that the most recent fund saw over 200 community-led housing groups awarded over £700,000. This funding […]