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’

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

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

New research shows wealth inequality getting worse says Kevin Gulliver

As Christmas approaches, in true Dickensian fashion, many of us turn our thoughts to the gap between the wealthy and those at the bottom of our economy, whose struggle to make ends meet is more keenly felt at this time of year. So it is worrying to read the latest figures released on Friday by … More New research shows wealth inequality getting worse says Kevin Gulliver