London Housing Crisis

Four of our reports make it into ThinkHouse´s curated library of the year´s best

Officially launched in 2018, Thinkhouse.org.uk is a new site comprising a library of innovative pieces of housing research. The library is curated by an independent editorial panel made up of experts with breadth of experience in the housing sector from academia, central and local governments, and the private and voluntary sectors. The main reports they feature are thought to have the best chances of influencing policy makers; they also have a section… Read More

Longer-Term Tenancies in England: observations about the recent government consultation

England currently has some of the shortest leases in the advanced world: the typical assured short-hold tenancy lasts either 6 months or a year. At the end of the lease period landlords can evict tenants without giving a reason. Such evictions are currently the main cause of homelessness in this country, and one reason why tenants find it difficult to complain about poor quality and services. The Government’s consultation on introducing longer… Read More

How can the government better address the housing needs of older people?

Older people (aged 65 and over) now make up around 20% of the total population in the UK according to the Office for National Statistics. That proportion is heading towards 25% by mid-century. How is the government addressing the housing needs of this group of households? This is a particularly important question considering that suitable, comfortable, and well-situated homes can improve a person’s quality of life, including physical and mental health, wellbeing,… Read More

Section 106 planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy in England, 2016 to 2017

In March 2018, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published the report The Incidence, Value and Delivery of Planning Obligations and Community Infrastructure Levy in England in 2016-17. LSE London’s Christine Whitehead was one of the authors alongside Alex Lord, Richard Dunning, Bertie Docerill, Gemma Burgess, Adrian Carro, Tony Crook and Craig Watkins. The cohort of authors was made up of academics from various UK universities. The report is the… Read More

Will the private rented sector continue to grow? Our report for Shelter

Current forecasts suggest that perhaps one in four households in England, and one in three in London, might be living in the private rented sector by 2025. However there have also been signs that growth is slowing—as indicated by the black line on the figure below, which has flattened since 2012. In this context, Shelter asked us to look at possible future scenarios for the private rented sector [1]. To view or… Read More

Planning for a Growing London – Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, TfL | Lent Term Seminar

On Monday, Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, Transport for London, gave a presentation on London’s transport strategy. Click here to download PPT presentation. Williams reminded the audience about the role of TfL and the responsibilities of this organisation, which has been around since 2000. Since its implementation, TfL has been an important stakeholder in London’s growth. Indeed, the organisation has expanded its network with several transport modes such as DLR, Santander… Read More

London’s housing challenge – Eloise Shepherd, London Councils | Lent Term Seminar

On Monday, Eloise Shepherd, Head of Housing and Planning Policy at London Councils gave a presentation on housing in London. Shepherd began her talk by noting that there has been a steady resurgence in the private rented sector (PRS) in London with PRS stock up by 50% in some boroughs. The increasing cost of housing overall alongside a diminishing stock of socially rented housing has led to problems with affordability with rents… Read More

The future of social housing provider, a presentation by Kath Scanlon

On 7 February 2018, Kath Scanlon presented the findings from our report, entitled The Future of Social Housing, for Flagship Housing Association. The event was hosted by Switchee, a company that provides a ‘smart thermostat designed to help affordable housing providers fight fuel property’. The event was geared towards a group of industry thought leaders. In her presentation, Kath discussed the contemporary context under this these considerations are being made. These include… Read More

Planning for the economy – Lynne Miles, ARUP | Lent Term Seminar

On Monday, Lynne Miles, Associate director of planning policy and economics at ARUP and Deputy Director of What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth gave a presentation on planning for the economy where she focused on the great disparity between London and other English cities. Click here to download the PPT presentation. London is over six times bigger than the next biggest city Birmingham. While different indicators suggest greater and lesser differences… Read More

LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0 | Gearty Grillings | Christine Whitehead on squalor / housing

In 1942 former LSE Director William Beveridge launched his blueprint for a British universal care system, ‘from the cradle to the grave’. Some 75 years on, LSE offers a week-long festival of public events, starting on February 19, exploring today’s “Five Giants”: the challenges of poverty; health and social care; education and skills; housing and urbanisation; and the future of work. For further information please see: http://www.lse.ac.uk/Events/LSE-Festival In this episode, LSE’s Christine… Read More