Social housing, economic activity and ‘residualisation’ – historical perspectives

The nature and role of social housing has obtained increasing prominence in national policy debates over the last four decades. The introduction of generous discounts for council tenants to buy their homes under the Right to Buy from 1980 onwards, and its more recent ‘reinvigoration’ and extension to housing association homes has resulted in the … More Social housing, economic activity and ‘residualisation’ – historical perspectives

BME housing sector a key bulwark against racial discrimination and disadvantage in housing on ‘Stephen Lawrence Day’

The first ‘Stephen Lawrence Day’ provides an opportunity to take stock of the extent and nature of racism, especially institutional racism, in the UK. The 20th anniversary of the McPherson Inquiry which dissected the death and police handling of black teenager Stephen Lawrence underscored the persistence of institutional racism in many sectors of the economy, … More BME housing sector a key bulwark against racial discrimination and disadvantage in housing on ‘Stephen Lawrence Day’

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