Never mind the bananas, here’s the housing crisis

There’s been a fiery row recently in my village near Oxford (officially the UK’s most unaffordable place). Sparked by the council’s consultation on its local plan and the potential for fields currently designated as Green Belt to be used for new homes, it’s brought out the worst in some people. It’s also reminded me of… Read more

Written by Ian Hembrow | Posted on 2nd December 2015

Ian Hembrow has worked in housing for almost 30 years, across the council, housing association and consultancy sectors. A senior consultant with PR agency Creative Bridge (www.creative-bridge.com), Ian is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a passionate community activist. He’s helped to create an award-winning local volunteer litter project and is the national housing champion for The Big Lunch – the annual community get-together (www.thebiglunch.com). Ian is a regular contributor to trade media including 24housing, Guardian Housing Network and Inside Housing. He’s currently helping a new local community land trust to develop its first cooperative scheme.

Website: http://www.creative-bridge.com/

We’ll hold the new government to its commitment to end the housing crisis

During the recent election campaign, people organised activities the length and breadth of the country to call on politicians to end the housing crisis. An inflatable house floated over communities highlighting that a decent home at a price you can afford is still out of reach for many. An editorial in The Sun stated that… Read more

Written by John Pierce | Posted on 5th June 2015

John is the public engagement lead on the Homes for Britain campaign

Website: http://homesforbritain.org.uk

A damning indictment of ‘affordable housing’ in London

Trafalgar place is one of the many new housing developments in and around the Elephant & Castle ‘regeneration zone’, an area seemingly pounced upon for development due no doubt to the combination of great location and relatively cheap land. Having fallen for the charms of Walworth I’d been keeping an eye on this particular project… Read more

Written by David Binder | Posted on 6th May 2015

Website: http://www.thoughtsofbinder.wordpress.com/

To end the housing crisis, we need to bring about changes for renters now

As we approach the General Election politicians from all parties are trading promises –  thousands, hundreds of thousands, half a million homes to be built in the course of the next parliament. It’s great that all the major parties understand that we need more homes. But undersupply is only part of the problem. The size… Read more

Written by Kierra Box | Posted on 6th May 2015

Campaigns Officer at Citizens Advice

Website: http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Where are the brave politicians? They’re the ones who’ll be remembered.

My alarm clock radio springs into life every morning and tells me about a new promise from one party or another. It’s then immediately countered by an opponent telling you why it won’t work. If I heard a bright shiny housing promise I might not drift off back to sleep until the sports news. Maybe… Read more

Written by Paul Diggory | Posted on 5th May 2015

Paul Diggory is Chief Executive of North Wales Housing

Website: http://www.nwha.org.uk/

Low wage earners work over half the week just to pay rent

Just over a million people in England – about a fifth of the working population – earn the minimum wage. Apart from a few areas (the green patches) in most parts of the country we have found that people earning the minimum wage need to work at least 15 hours a week, every week, just… Read more

Written by Mark Henderson | Posted on 2nd May 2015

Mark Henderson is chief executive at Home Group. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the local authority and housing sectors and has been chief executive since 2008, turning Home Group into one of the UK’s largest providers of high quality housing and supported housing services and products.

Website: http://www.homegroup.org.uk

Last chance to encourage MPs to commit to end the housing crisis

In the final week before the General Election on Thursday 7 May, we need your help to keep the housing crisis high on the agenda. We know you’re busy so we’ve created a really quick and simple action and provided a 2 step instruction below. We want you to tweet your election candidates, asking them to pledge their support for the campaign: 1…. Read more

Written by James Grant | Posted on 1st May 2015

James is a Digital Officer at the National Housing Federation and is managing the Homes for Britain blog. | Email: james.grant@housing.org.uk | Tel: 020 7067 1189 | Mob: 0777 583 85 31 | Twitter: @bristoljames |

Website: http://www.housing.org.uk

Don’t the next generation deserve a home to call their own?

It’s my children’s future and the future generations to come that I fear for. I don’t think my children will be able to access good quality homes or be in a position to get on the property ladder. I’m looking to make changes to my home life to prepare myself for my children’s future to be… Read more

Written by Adelle Willis | Posted on 1st May 2015

Adelle is a Cadwyn Housing Association tenant and board member

We hear a lot about first time buyers but what about the last time buyers?

Following the recent proposals for the Help to Buy ISA scheme, the media has focused in on first time buyers. It is clear that the government’s commitment to housing lies with giving young people a leg up onto the property ladder. But, whilst ensuring first time buyers are able to access a housing market that… Read more

Written by Catherine Corkish | Posted on 29th April 2015

Catherine Corkish is Sales and New Business Negotiator at Riverside Home Ownership. Riverside is one of the leading registered providers of social housing in the UK, providing support and affordable housing to people of all ages and circumstances throughout England.

Homes for Britain lands in Bristol for housing hustings

When you say you are holding a housing hustings (a gathering for the public to ask the political parties representatives their burning questions) you tend to generate a healthy amount of interest but when you say you will have a very large inflatable house floating in the sky your interest then rockets. Bristol is famed… Read more

Written by Kat Hart | Posted on 24th April 2015

Kat Hart is External Affairs Manager for the South West at the National Housing Federation