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Taxpayer money paid to private landlords doubles over 10 years, reaching almost £10bn
The National Housing Federation calculates that £9.3bn of the £24bn housing benefit last year went to landlords in the private rented sector, up from just £4.6bn in 2005/06
Fifty years on and a new generation of Cathys have nowhere to call home
A lack of affordable housing, sky-high prices and unsafe private rented homes have created a modern-day crisis that past governments have failed to solve
Average price of London home almost doubles to £600,625 since 2009
Biggest increase in Waltham Forest, east London, where house prices have skyrocketed by 113% over seven years
London University Rent Strike Sees Students Withhold £1m In Payments
The rent strike, which organisers say is the largest of its kind by students, is in response to excessive prices and poor quality accommodation.
Rents continue to rise across the UK and in London
Latest figures show average rent outside London rose to £764 a month, while within the capital it hit £1,543
Property rents rise at twice speed of average earnings
Monthly cost of renting a home increased on average by £10 in June to £747, which is a year-on-year increase of 1.4%
A charity selling off its housing is a new low for gentrification
In my constituency of Walthamstow, the Glasspool Trust, backed by NatWest, is offloading 63 homes to a private developer. How did it come to this?
Three Wishes To Solve The Housing Crisis From Mumsnet, Hamptons And Generation Rent
Britain's homes are in crisis. There are problems with the housing market in every sector: house prices that far outstrip wages, a dire lack of council housing, and soaring rents and instability in areas of booming private rentals, which now accommodate 11 million people.
Developers accused of restricting supply of new homes to boost profits
Chair of Commons committee criticises firms for ‘building at a rate to maximise their profits rather than address the country’s housing need’
Typical tenant pays £40,000 in rent over five years Report finds
Research by Shelter highlights high cost of renting as Lords debates bill that charity claims will exacerbate housing shortage
More councils threatening homeless people with £1000 fines for begging and rough sleeping
Three councils have used new orders to ban rough sleeping, and six more are planning to bring them in soon.
Britain’s House Price Crash – 2016 Predictions Mount
Housing in many countries, especially Britain is no longer an investment, it’s now made up of three fundamentals; consumption, crime and concern.
One night on the streets: a portrait of homelessness in Britain
The Guardian sent reporters to five cities on Thursday night to report on how the people at the heart of Britain’s homelessness crisis are coping. Here are their stories
'Every day is a struggle': rough sleeping on the rise in London
Higher rents, cuts to council services and migration from eastern Europe have contributed to a sharp increase in the number of homeless people on the streets of the capita
Gimme shelter: stories from London’s homeless
Rough sleeping has risen by 30% in the past year in the UK and the highest numbers are to be found in the London borough of Westminster. We ask some of those living on the streets to tell us their stories…
The 'growing issue' of homeless people sleeping in bins
The number of homeless people found sleeping rough in recycling bins is growing, according to one of the biggest waste management firms in the UK. Why is this happening?
George Osborne Didn't Want To Build Houses That 'Produce Labour Voters'
George Osborne and David Cameron blocked plans to build more social housing because it would "produce more Labour voters", Nick Clegg has claimed
We Need a Housing Bill That's Fair for All
Having a roof over your head is one of life essentials. A home that is safe, secure and comfortable provides stability and contributes towards wellbeing.
Yet we are facing a housing crisis which is especially affecting London but also people countrywide.

 A Free Housing Market at a Price
As I write this I’m sat in London, in a £6500 a year off-the-books bedsit-box-room with mice and damp that I pay for in cash. And after a £400 deposit and no receipt, I feel I’m earning my stripes for the financially fucked generation of Britons aptly dubbed; ‘generation rent’.


Housing crisis hits 1960s levels as tenants battle to cope, says Shelter
Five decades after Cathy Come Home, charity says that 53% of private tenants are struggling to pay rent.
The cost of private rent is out of control
Instead of providing homes for people at rents we can pay, our taxes are subsidising extortionate rents on a massive scale.
100,000 Children Will Wake Up Homeless On Christmas Day -15,000 More Than Last Year, Shelter Estimates
The charity calculated that the number of homeless children has increased by almost 15,000 in the last year alone.

Homeless Children - The True Cost of the UK's Economic Crisis
There are currently almost 100,000 homeless children in the UK and the numbers are at a six year high. Hidden away in temporary accommodation that risks their physical, mental and emotional health, these children represent the true cost of the country's economic crisis.
Man United stars Neville and Giggs tell hotel squatters: stay for winter
Manchester stock exchange building being renovated by Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs as a boutique hotel has been occupied by homeless activists.
Average monthly rent hits record high of £816, highlighting housing shortage
Rents rose across most of England by averages of 6.3% and 8.5% in past year, say separate studies, but fell in the north-west, north-east and Wales
Soaring London house prices sucking cash out of economy, study says
Study shows knock-on effects of high mortgages and rents on consumer spending and wage bills, increasing risk of capital becoming no-go zone for staff across whole sectors

No wonder landowners are scared. We are starting to learn who owns Britain
Scotland is breaking the cover-up that stifles our political thought. Bring the Highland Spring south.

Charity gives London’s young homeless tickets to sleep on night buses
Bus tickets distributed to vulnerable rough-sleepers, as official figures show number of new households deemed homeless in England rose by 5%.


Revealed: the widening gulf between salaries and house prices
Buyers in England and Wales forced to spend up to 12 times their income as gap between earnings and house prices widens
Where can you afford to buy a house?
If you wanted to buy a house at the median price and earned £25,000  93% of England and Wales would be beyond your means in 2014.

London housing crisis: £480 a month for a bed, in a shed, in the lounge
The rising cost of renting in the capital has led to some landlords being creative with their properties
Home shortage and lending rules: why Generation Rent is out of luck
Property prices have not always risen so quickly, but insufficient new housing means little hope of improvement
Too Many Young People Are Leaving Home to Escape Violence and Abuse
When groups of children are asked to describe a homeless person, the response is generally the same. "Dirty, smelly, ugly, poor." When I ask adults the answers are along similar lines, albeit with a wider vocabulary. Quite honestly, I thought the same until I became homeless myself. People both young and old perceive homeless people as just those we see outside tube stations and department stores: the rough sleepers.
Britain’s farmland has become a tax haven. Who dares reform it?
With soaring prices and generous tax breaks, speculation on agricultural land is putting housing development at risk. The Scottish government could offer a fairer way forward to end this abuse
London Council's Homelessness Poster Advises Public Against Giving To Beggars
A London borough has launched a controversial poster campaign that advises the public not to give money to those begging on the streets as doing so may “contribute to someone’s early death”.
Scandal of Europe's 11m empty homes
Housing campaigners denounce 'shocking waste' of homes lying empty while millions cry out for shelter
Soaring student rents push college accommodation to brink of crisis
Call for regulation as living costs outstrip loans, with rents rising 25% in three years, leaving half of undergraduates struggling to pay bills.
London's richest borough to move those in temporary housing to cheaper areas
Kensington and Chelsea says it is looking for 39 homes outside borough because it cannot afford properties in area where average price is £1.4m.
Infographic: Price of UK's escalating housing crisis
An investigation into the UK’s housing crisis has revealed that the taxpayer has spent almost £2bn housing vulnerable homeless families in short-term temporary accommodation in the past four years.
Now the housing crisis is threatening our economy
Never mind the human toll, Britain’s housing crisis is said to be so bad it is now threatening the national economy.
UK tenants pay more rent than any country in Europe
British renters pay a higher proportion of their wages as well a higher rents, according to the National Housing Federation.
the affordable housing shortage reaches "crisis" situation
Nearly a million new homes are needed for the most vulnerable in society by 2021 as the affordable housing shortage reaches "crisis" situation, a charity has warned.
The great property swindle: why do so few people in Britain own so much of our land?
The myth spun about Britain is that land is scarce. It is not – landowners are paid to keep it off the market.
UK property prices have made us millionaires – but damaged democracy
One in 10 of UK adults now live in a household worth at least £1m, thanks mostly to soaring house values. The main political parties can't help but cater to property owners, so who will represent the rest?
London could face economic crash if 1% of top earners do not loosen their grip on the housing market
A change in the attitude among the 1 per cent of top earners towards the '99 per cent' will mark the turning point for an improvement in living standards, Professor Danny Dorling, a leading social thinking and professor of human geography has predicted.
Young people in UK increasingly giving up on owning a home – Halifax survey
Lower levels of home ownership could become normal despite government help to buy, according to the bank’s Generation Rent report
Three Wishes To Solve The Housing Crisis From Mumsnet, Hamptons And Generation Rent
Britain's homes are in crisis. There are problems with the housing market in every sector: house prices that far outstrip wages, a dire lack of council housing, and soaring rents and instability in areas of booming private rentals, which now accommodate 11 million people.
5 Insane Facts On How House Prices Have Risen Faster Than Wages
New research has shown that the effect of house prices continuing to rise faster than wages means that homes are now more unaffordable than they were in 1997.
World Must Act To Stop Another Massive Housing Crash
The International Monetary Fund has sounded the alarm over the state of the housing market around the world, as it published new data showing that property prices were "well above" their historical average in many countries.
Tenant evictions reach six-year high amid rising rents and benefit cut
Bailiffs in England and Wales evicted more than 11,000 families in the first three months of 2015, 51% higher than in same period five years ago
Britain’s obsession with ownership has turned housing into a pyramid scheme
George Osborne’s budget offered a ‘lifeline’ for first-time buyers. But in the long term, the market is unsustainable.
Eddie Izzard locks horns with landlords over Chelsea social housing estate
Comedian targets ‘moneyocracy’ by fighting Affinity Sutton’s plans to replace 144 low-rent homes at William Sutton Estate with luxury apartments
Councils pay private landlords up to £4,000 to house tenants
Housing charities say widespread practice underlines difficulties for councils housing tenants in market where landlords hold balance of power.

 

 

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London has tackled homelessness before. It’s time to do so again
We need to build genuinely affordable homes to rent and buy, help ‘invisible’ female rough sleepers and address the root causes of the problem
Pop-up village in south-east London to house homeless families
Place/Ladywell temporary homes project is Lewisham council’s solution to housing people in B&Bs

Canadian City Completely Eradicates Homelessness With Brand New Approach
They did the opposite of what most cities do
see also: One City's Revolutionary Solution Has Basically Ended Homelessness — Here's How


A Shock for the Housing Market, Give them Land, Lots of Land
The housing market needs a shock – a big one. A possibility is this: Layout a million or more house-sized plots of land with minimal infrastructure and sell them off to individual buyers, with a limit of one per person. This gives the owners a chance to develop their plots individually, even build their own should they wish.


Scottish Government launches huts consultation
This week the Scottish Government opened a consultation on a proposed amendment to building regulations which could make it simpler and more affordable to build a small, low impact hut for recreational use.


How the corrala movement is occupying Spain
The financial crash and plummeting property market struck Spain with a high eviction rate and a rash of empty houses. Now victims of the crisis are fighting back by setting up home in a network of vacant buildings.
Utah is ending homelessness by giving people homes
In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent.
A Simple Solution to Homelessness: Housing
Salt Lake City’s Housing First initiative has reduced chronic homelessness by 72 percent. Now other cities are giving it a try..
Building An Alternative Housing Manifesto For Britain
Daisy-May Hudson is not your stereotypical homeless person. Aged 23, she had just completed a first class honours degree in English literature and drama, was working as a trainee filmmaker – and living in a homeless shelter.
The street that might win the Turner prize: how Assemble are transforming Toxteth
It’s not quite a pickled calf – but the rebirth of a troubled Toxteth community might be art. The story of the street and the young architects succeeding where every official plan has failed has caught the art world’s attention.
Artist transforms trash into mobile homes for homeless
After realizing that all his expensive sculptures do is sit in rich people’s houses all day, California-based sculptor Gregory Kloehn decided that he should create work that was more useful and meaningful. This is how the idea was born to build creative custom-made shelter houses for those in need.
Home Petite Home
In the Pacific Northwest, people with nowhere else to go are forming micro-communities with communal kitchens and toilets but teeny, individual sleeping units. Could tiny homes, once the provenance of design blogs, help curb homelessness nationwide?
How to build sustainable homes without spending a penny
From Earthships to underground houses, The Moneyless Man says building low-impact housing for free is theoretically possible.
sources & resources

homes

Living Inside a Tiny Eco Home
Super High Spec Professionally Built Tiny House  

links

Stop Homelessness
No One Turned Away
Scottish Land Action Movement
Turn2Us [UK]
Shelter
The Box Room

news

Gaurdian - Housing(UK)

maps

London Rent Map
building/architecture

Tengbom - New Solution House
WikkelHouse
5 Ancient House Designs That You Can Build Really Cheap
Tiny house Blog
Fablahouse - IAAC


history

Systems of Land Ownership
History of Land as Private Property
How The English People Became Landless
England Enclosure Records and Maps

 

 

 


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