The deadline for responses to the government's social housing rent consultation is 11.45 p.m. On October 12th. This will determine a maximum rent level for next April's rent increase for 4 million council and housing association tenants in England. Face with the prospect of tenants having a double-digit rent increase the government has recognised that … Continue reading Government social housing rent consultation: deadline October 12th
The government is holding a consultation on its rent policy for 'social housing', i.e. council and housing association homes. It's existing policy is a maximum increase of CPI+1% each year for five years. In the light of the current inflation level (9.9% in August) it says that its policy objective is “to ensure that social … Continue reading Government rent consultation: rent freeze required
Can they afford to turn it on? The “cost of living crisis” is pushing more and more tenants to the edge. Already inflation has reached 9%. If it's at that or a higher level in September then next years increase for four million social housing households could be 10% or more. In the private sector … Continue reading Freeze the rent, not the tenants
This is a letter to Michael Gove in response to his speech at a Shelter in which he said that he would look at ways to produce more social rent homes. These comments are welcome but if you seriously want to see a big increase in the building of social rent homes then it is … Continue reading The government should end “affordable rent”and Right to Buy
A growing alliance of housing organisations, politicians, trade unions,Black Lives Matter and anti-racism campaigns and others have written tothe Prime Minister today, calling for urgent Government intervention toavoid escalating evictions and homelessness. The letter says ‘Government can still act to avert the pending disasterfacing tens of thousands of renters across the UK. It’s not … Continue reading ‘Not too late’ to stop eviction deluge, say Big Issue, Shelter and others in joint letter
Carol Hayton answers the question. On 30th June yet another meaningless slogan was plastered across the Downing Street lectern in an attempt to convince the British public that Boris Johnson’s government is moving forward with a recovery plan. The ‘Build Build Build’ sticker seemed to have been applied at a slightly lopsided angle, giving the … Continue reading What’s wrong with Boris Johnson’s building plans?