Category Archives: Opinions

Hannah Slater: A step closer to safe and secure homes for private renters – but there’s still some way to go

Hannah Slater

Across the UK, private rented housing is unaffordable, insecure, and unsafe for too many tenants. Major private renting reforms were introduced in Scotland from 2017 aiming to rebalance power relations between landlords and tenants, so that tenants could better assert their rights, challenge rent rises, and ask for repairs.
The Nationwide Foundation believes that much can be learned from the Scottish experience of renting reform. That’s why we are pleased to fund the RentBetter project by Indigo House, which is gathering longitudinal evidence to understand how the changes in Scotland are impacting tenants and landlords. The first wave of the research found that the changes were beneficial for tenants in general.

Hannah Slater: Tenancy reform is good – but it’s not enough

Hannah Slater

Across the UK, private rented housing is unaffordable, insecure, and unsafe for too many tenants. Major private renting reforms were introduced in Scotland from 2017 aiming to rebalance power relations between landlords and tenants, so that tenants could better assert their rights, challenge rent rises, and ask for repairs.
The Nationwide Foundation believes that much can be learned from the Scottish experience of renting reform. That’s why we are pleased to fund the RentBetter project by Indigo House, which is gathering longitudinal evidence to understand how the changes in Scotland are impacting tenants and landlords. The first wave of the research found that the changes were beneficial for tenants in general.

Natalie Tate: Talking about housing: let’s get this conversation started

Natalie Tate

News stories about housing are all around us. Whether directly or indirectly, we read and hear stories about housing all the time. Yet the messages are so mixed, that tuning into the important points can be confusing. Is housing about the state of the economy? Is it about your health? About your kids doing well […]

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 […]

£4m announced for renewed Community Housing Fund

The Nationwide Foundation and its Programme Manager for Backing Community-led Housing, Gary Hartin, have welcomed the announcement of £4m of revenue funding in 2021/22 for community-led housing projects across England.  Statement from Gary Hartin: “First and foremost, we warmly welcome the government’s decision to allocate £4m for community-led housing. Along with the National Community Land […]

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. […]

Blog: For the new Housing Minister, funding for community homes is a key task

“I’m joining with others across the sector to support the National Community Land Trust Network in its call to the government to take a longer-term, more sustainable view of its funding of community-led housing.” – Gary Hartin For those interested in the housing world, the installation of the new Housing Minister, Christopher Pincher is worthy […]

Blog: Collaboration, not command, is the key to success in place-based funding

“My attendance at these meetings is neither a box-ticking exercise or a chance for some sneaky reconnaissance – I’m there because I can bring knowledge and experience of the PRS.” – Bridget Young One of the most challenging things about being a funder, is working out how involved to become in projects – particularly without […]

Blog: Research, not gut-feelings, can change our broken housing system

“As funders we know that while we have gut feelings based on anecdotes and personal experience, we’re committed to building an evidence base.” – Gary Hartin Whether we like it or not, all of us have intuition and feelings that inform our decision-making on a daily basis. In the housing world, the stories of those […]