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Would a rent cap work for tenants facing £1,000-a-month rises? Kath Scanlon weighs in on The Guardian

With various solutions being proposed to help relieve London’s housing crisis, rent control may be one of these ways. In Harriett Meyer’s article for The Guardian, Kath Scanlon reports on the difficulties that may come up in implementing such a system in the UK. Here is an except from the article: “Germany is often held up as the model of stabilisation, with many people living in the same property for life. Kath… Read More

Final report of the London Housing Commission

Christine Whitehead was one of the Commissioners on the London Housing Commission which produced a final report titled, Building a new deal for London. The London Housing Commission is part of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). Here is an excerpt of the press release. “London faces unprecedented challenges in housing its citizens. The London Housing Commission proposes a new deal to secure essential powers and resources for the London mayor… Read More

Kath Scanlon examines whether the German PRS would work in the UK for View, an independent social affairs magazine

Kath Scanlon briefly discusses some of the possible implications of importing a German PRS model to the UK. After outlining positive and negative aspects, she concludes that it is not enough to know how other models work in other countries. The difficult part, it seems, is predicting how such models differ in this geographic context. An except: ‘The German system has worked well for decades not only because of what it offers… Read More

New Buy-to-Let tax ‘puts the UK out of step with how other countries approach the PRS’, says Kathleen Scanlon

Kathleen Scanlon discusses research on the PRS across Europe and the United States in The Telegraph. She touches on some possible implications that the ne tax Buy-to-Let tax may have on professional small landlords. An except: “Kath Scanlon, research fellow at LSE London and co-author of the 2011 report, Towards a sustainable private rented sector: The lessons from other countries, said the new buy-to-let tax “puts the UK out of step with… Read More

England needs to build 1.5 million homes in next five years, says Christine Whitehead co-authored report

Research for the Town and Country Planning Association co-authored by Christine Whitehead has found that young people across the country are struggling to live independently because of the cost of housing. To catch up with housing demand by 2020, the number of homes suggested by the projections, 310,000 extra homes a year are needed over the next 5 years. A quote from Christine: “One of the biggest concerns is that couples aged between 25 and 34 –… Read More

Melissa Fernández discusses alternative housing in a New Statesman’s special issue about Croydon

Melissa Fernández discusses alternative housing in a New Statesman piece titled Time for Change by Guy Clapperton. The piece is part of a special issue addressing regeneration and housing in Croydon, as well as the social alternative options available, such as co-housing, in which residents participate and help design their neighbourhood in a collaborative manner, as well as eco-alternatives and affordable alternatives that aren’t necessarily social. Here is a brief snippet of… Read More

What’s behind the $5 cereal that provoked a London mob? Nancy Holman weighs in

In this piece from The Atlantic, Nancy Holman weighs in on London’s cereal wars contextualing this not just in terms of the usual framework of gentrification but rather drawing links between these conflicts and the housing crisis in London. An excerpt: “Holman’s interpretation lends clarity to the parts of the anti-Cereal Killer activists’ Facebook manifesto that aren’t about “brioche buns.” Other paragraphs focus on “Russian oligarchs, Saudi sheiks, Israeli scumbag property developers,… Read More

Putting the Social into Alternative Housing

On September 17-18, 2015 Melissa Fernandez and Kath Scanlon presented a paper and participated in the 2-day academic/practitioner workshop in the Geffrye Museum called ‘Putting the Social into Alternative Housing’, marking the end of Dr Michaela Benson’s ESRC project.

Housing affordability and policy change: impacts on wellbeing in the UK

Christine Whitehead presents at an ARC sponsored symposium titled ‘Illuminating the black box of housing and health’, Univerisity of Adelaide. Presentation titled, ‘Housing affordability and policy change: impacts on wellbeing in the UK‘. Some conclusions on housing: Housing specific subsidies of all types have been a major benefit, limiting housing poverty through supply, below market rents and income support. In the social sector in particular HAs have provided management support and security… Read More

Islington Park Street community: a model for alternative housing in London

Dr. Melissa Fernández profiles Islington Park Street community, an alternative housing model in London, as a possible model for the effective and low cost reuse of obsolete owned sheltered housing and care homes. Some key findings include: Islington Park Street Community (IPS) is a long-established mixedneeds housing that provides a mutually supportive permanent home for people with mixed backgrounds, needs and abilities. IPS is financially and socially self-managed with a robust decisionmaking… Read More