Social tenants live increasingly precarious lives in a marginalised social housing sector

The decline of social housing from 1 in 3 of all homes to just 1 in 6 over the last forty years has resulted in a ‘residualised’ sector in England, which caters mostly for a disadvantaged tenant group living increasingly precarious lives. Our new research, to be published on 15th April, brings together a range … More Social tenants live increasingly precarious lives in a marginalised social housing sector

Housing inequalities strongly linked to poor mental health and wellbeing

A new report – ‘Creating a Wellbeing Society: Scoping Housing Need, Homelessness and Mental Health in the West Midlands Conurbation’ – by the Human City Institute (HCI), a Birmingham-based think-tank and research charity, explores the extent to which housing inequalities, housing need and homelessness are linked to poorer mental health and lower wellbeing. The report, … More Housing inequalities strongly linked to poor mental health and wellbeing

Social housing more diverse but satisfaction of protected characteristics groups a concern

Our forthcoming report ‘Fit for All – Equality, Diversity and Satisfaction in 21st Century Social Housing’ reveals that the social tenant group has become more diverse in the last two decades, despite Equality, Diversity and Inclusion among senior housing staff lagging behind. Across most protected characteristic groups there has been progress – ore BME tenants, … More Social housing more diverse but satisfaction of protected characteristics groups a concern

Social housing’s ‘racial satisfaction gap’

The Guardian’s recent research into the extent of racial bias in many aspects of British life underscores how racism has not disappeared from the national scene despite decades of equality and human rights legislation. While the findings of the Guardian’s survey of 1,000 BME people are based on perceptions of racial bias by Britain’s BME, … More Social housing’s ‘racial satisfaction gap’

Radically rethinking the landlord-tenant relationship

There has been much recent research into the implications for public services, such as health, housing and social care, when importing the practices and language of the marke Much of this research dovetails with that by the Human City Institute, which explores how social housing might be reshaped and firmly moved away from creeping commercialism … More Radically rethinking the landlord-tenant relationship

Mutualism not more managerialism is the answer is to give social tenants more of a say

It’s rumoured that the Social Housing Green Paper, delayed again, will recommend a number of ways, including league tables of social landlord performance, to respond to issues raised by social tenants with government officials in the year-long roadshow on which the Green Paper is based. League tables, strengthening of tenant complaints procedures, and perhaps a … More Mutualism not more managerialism is the answer is to give social tenants more of a say

World Social Justice Day celebrated even as the inequality gap widens

February 20th 2018 is the United Nations’ World Social Justice Day. Yet even as achievements in extending social justice are celebrated, the backdrop is one of growing inequality. To illustrate this, Oxfam published a startling report last month showing that the richest 85 people in the world are worth more than the poorest 3.5bn. And … More World Social Justice Day celebrated even as the inequality gap widens

The quality of housing and neighbourhoods is crucial to the existence and persistence of health inequalities, writes HCI Trustee Dr Jill Jesson

Professor Sir Michael Marmot, who is giving the Human City Institute (HCI) 8th annual lecture on 7th February 2018, continues to make the most significant contribution to our understanding of health inequalities. He asserts that inequities in health are not inevitable nor immutable, stressing the importance of the social determinants of health in structuring people’s … More The quality of housing and neighbourhoods is crucial to the existence and persistence of health inequalities, writes HCI Trustee Dr Jill Jesson

Rough sleeping rises yet again and is further testament to a failed housing policy writes Kevin Gulliver

The latest official figures from the rejigged Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government (DHCLG) reveal that rough sleeping in England has risen again – the seventh year in a row under Conservative-led administrations. An estimated 4,751 people were sleeping rough in 2017, up 15% on 2016, and 170% since 2010. The rough sleeping figures … More Rough sleeping rises yet again and is further testament to a failed housing policy writes Kevin Gulliver

Racial discrimination in the UK has a long history and deep roots writes Kevin Gulliver

The Government’s racial disparity audit, built on data from a range of fields of inquiry, underscores the endurance of racial discrimination and disadvantage in Britain. From criminal justice, community and culture to employment, education and health, the audit confirms how ethnic minorities face injustice across the economy and society. Race and housing research: sixty years … More Racial discrimination in the UK has a long history and deep roots writes Kevin Gulliver