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

On World Happiness Day, let’s remember the impact of inequality in housing wealth and tenure says Kevin Gulliver

Today is Word Happiness Day. And interest in what makes us happy has never been greater. The ‘science of happiness’ is a growing field. Even the government has taken note in recent years: the Office of National Statistics has researched the topic extensively and now publishes regular updates about the happiness, or subjective wellbeing as … More On World Happiness Day, let’s remember the impact of inequality in housing wealth and tenure says Kevin Gulliver

Irish in UK still need housing support says Kevin Gulliver on St. Patrick’s Day

Thankfully, as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in 2017, the days when ‘No Irish, No Dogs, No Blacks’ signs were displayed in the windows of cheap board and lodging houses across Britain in the 1950s and 1950s, are long behind us. That does not mean, however, that Irish people living in Britain do not still … More Irish in UK still need housing support says Kevin Gulliver on St. Patrick’s Day

Dawn Prentice writes on LGBTI communities and housing issues

Decriminalisation of homosexuality, allocation of NHS resources to gender reassignment treatments, and civil partnerships followed by gay marriage legislation have all enabled LGBTI communities a greater degree of freedom and legitimacy. While it might be argued the Brexit result and the election of Donald Trump to the world’s most powerful political office are signs of … More Dawn Prentice writes on LGBTI communities and housing issues