The new benefit cap has the potential for unintended consequences, particularly for families in the south east

Kate Webb analyses the impact of the benefit cap which recently came into force. She observes that its failure to take regional variation into account means that unintended consequences at a regional level are inevitable, with the most likely instance of this being the effect on families in the south east who are paying high private rents.  The overall benefit cap […]

Homelessness is rising as benefits are cut

Recently released statistics show a striking rise in homelessness in the UK. Deborah Garvie summarises this trend and explains how councils are struggling to cope with the number of people at risk of homelessness who are seeking their help. While the correlation itself does not establish causation, she suggests it is unlikely to be a coincidence that homelessness is rising as […]

The housing measures announced yesterday risk inflating prices yet do nothing to solve our housing supply problem

Glen Bramley argues that the housing measures announced by the Chancellor are likely to stimulate demand within the housing market but that they do nothing to solve supply side constraints. This risks inflating prices within the housing market whereas what we currently need is a greater supply of housing.  Housing people often complain that their subject is never at the top […]

Social housing has been a way out of squalor in the past – a new programme of investment in social housing is the best way out of today’s squalor

This blog is part of a series connected to the Social State project from the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class). The project looks at what Beveridge’s analysis of society can teach us about the Giant Evils of today and uses this to explore how we can chart an alternative course for a welfare state – or Social State – […]

London has certainly seen a big increase in private renters but it’s not the city with the biggest proportion of private renters in England

The recent census shows that renting is becoming the norm in urban areas across England. Pete Jefferys explores the implications of this trend, suggesting that it looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. This will have important consequences for voting, community and consumption. What’s the image that comes to your mind when you think of a private renter? For many people, I suspect they […]

CPI or 1 per cent rises: The real story is the missing link to rents

Yesterday’s Autumn Statement contained important announcements about the up-rating of benefits. Shelter’s Kate Webb analyses the changes in Local Housing Allowance, suggesting that while the chancellor has recognised the risk that rents will outpace LHA, it is far from certain that this has been adequately addressed.  As part of yesterday’s Autumn Statement the Chancellor announced changes to the way Local Housing Allowance […]

While the Living Wage is hugely important, it is not enough on its own to guarantee someone a life free of poverty

While the nascent political consensus around the Living Wage is to be welcomed, Shelter’s Antonia Bance questions the common assumption that all we need to do to eliminate poverty is raise wages. The Living Wage is important but it must be supplemented by renewed attention to housing issues.  It’s Living Wage Week 2012. On Monday, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Greater […]

Book Review: Ground Control: Fear and happiness in the twenty-first-century city by Anna Minton

The privatisation of our cities has gone too far, argues Anna Minton in this passionate and convincing tale of the brutal links between regeneration, capitalism and unhappiness. Fran Tonkiss finds Minton’s analysis of the real legacy of the Olympic Games compelling, with important warnings on inequality and police states.   Ground Control: Fear and happiness in the twenty-first-century city. Anna Minton. Penguin. January […]

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