This report examines council-led housebuilding in London, assessing the potential for scaling up, and the challenges preventing councils from increasing their housing delivery to its full potential.
If every one of London’s 32 boroughs was able to deliver a minimum of 10 per cent of their London Plan target, through direct delivery or a wholly owned company, a total of 37,300 homes could be delivered over the next five years. ...
On Monday 2nd July, the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government set out his priorities for making the housing market work. In his first speech he announced a consultation on introducing three-year tenancy agreements in the private sector, with a six-month break clause for both tenants and landlords.
The extended minimum term would replace current six to 12 month leases - which around 81% of renters are currently signed up to. These current contracts leave tenants at risk of eviction at short notice, without the landlord having to give an explanation. It would, according to MPs, give tenants a more secure place to call home, while also offering landlords more financial security.
The English Housing Survey, published in January, found that 46% of 25-34-year-olds now live in private rentals, compared with 27% in 2006-07. In London, private renting is now the most common form of tenure.
Polly Neate, the chief executive of housing charity Shelter, said: “This is an important step forward. Losing a tenancy is the main driver of homelessness and also causes huge instability for renting families, so everyone who rents will be very pleased to see a move towards longer tenancies.
The consultation seeks views on the barriers to longer tenancies in the private rented sector and how to overcome them. You can access the consultation document here:
Where you live can have a huge impact on your mental health – everyone needs safe, stable and suitable housing to stay well. There are issues across the private and social housing sectors which mean not enough people are living in the kind of housing they need. MIND recently launched a housing campaign - People with mental health problems are being failed when it comes to housing, MIND found that four in five people with mental health problems have lived in housing that has made their mental health worse.
London’s education success story is by now well known: over the past 15 years, educational attainment in London has improved dramatically, surpassing the rest of the country. However, not all boroughs are sharing in London’s success, with students’ performance resembling the rest of England mo...