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Nationwide Foundation invests to create more genuinely affordable homes in Wales

Tir Cyffredin Co-operative's community-led housing in Wales

Over the next three years, the Nationwide Foundation is investing £728,830 in two projects which will help to address major systemic barriers to delivering genuinely affordable homes in Wales. The Nationwide Foundation is a charitable foundation supporting the development and delivery of genuinely affordable homes in Wales through its decent and affordable homes strategy, which […]

Interim funding is needed urgently if community-led homes are to be built

Marshfield, where community-led housing is planned

The future of the Community Housing Fund is being decided. The last round of funding came to an end in April and has not been renewed. On 13 June, the former Minister for Housing said in Parliament that the government are “considering a range of options” for future support of the community-led housing sector. While […]

Jonathan Lewis: The Healthy Homes Bill is making progress towards ending modern slums 

“Under current legislation, dark, cramped, isolated housing which hinders children’s development and contributes to poor mental health is legal and complies with housing standards.” Jonathan Lewis, Programme Manager for the Nationwide Foundation’s Nurturing Ideas to Change the Housing System Programme Whatever else may be happening in politics, this week marks a step forward in ensuring […]

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.

Scottish private tenants still unaware of their new tenancy rights five years on

Trainers on doormat in home

RentBetter research released today by Indigo House shows that groundbreaking private tenancy reform in Scotland has not been enough to improve conditions for all private tenants. Funded by the Nationwide Foundation, the research will help to inform solutions to issues faced by private tenants across the UK. Private renting reforms introduced in Scotland from 2017 […]

Safe, Secure and Affordable: A Renters’ Blueprint for Reform

A diverse coalition of organisations have come together as the Renters’ Reform Coalition to offer solutions for reform to the private rented sector. The Nationwide Foundation both funds and contributes an active member of the coalition, which also includes national housing and homelessness charities, renter unions, advice centres, and thinktanks. This week the coalition launched […]

2022: entering a new phase for the Nationwide Foundation’s strategy

The Nationwide Foundation has begun phase three of its Decent Affordable Homes strategy. Decent Affordable Homes, which started in 2013 and is due to run until at least 2031, has the aim of increasing the availability of decent, affordable homes for people in housing need. Since the Decent Affordable Homes strategy’s launch eight years ago, […]

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 […]