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Help to Buy Scheme Sparks Housing Bubble

Help to Buy Scheme Sparks Housing Bubble

The Government’s Help to Buy scheme risks inflating a new housing bubble, where average house prices would be over £300,000. Help to…

Social Housing Watch’s News Round-Up

Monday 29 April to Sunday 5 May 2013 Social Housing…

Rental market ‘having a damaging impact on children’s lives’

Children are the “most badly affected by the volatility and…

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Housing waiting lists from 1997 to 2012: visualised

As part of our series on housing waiting lists in London boroughs, you can now see how the numbers of households on local authorities’ housing lists have changed since 1997 through our interactive map. If a borough changes to light blue, it indicates a decrease in…

Owen Jones speaks to Social Housing Watch

We caught up with columnist and author Owen Jones for a quick interview at UK Uncut’s “Who wants to evict a millionaire?” protest.  For more coverage of the day’s event, see our video, Storify post and photo gallery        

Budget 2013: a housing overview

Another year, another Budget. But what did it have in store for the housing market? On Wednesday chancellor George Osborne announced plans to help people get on or climb the property ladder by extending home-buying schemes, known as the Help to Buy scheme. What is…

Should we regulate the private rented sector? Part 1 of 3

On Tuesday Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North, sponsored an Early Day Motion calling for more regulation of the private rented sector. In inner city areas as many of a third of residents live in the private rented sector and Corbyn argued that this area…

A brief history of social housing

Why do we have social housing? What trends did it arise in response to? And how has it changed over the years? Take at look at our brief history of social housing.   Think we’ve missed something? Comment below.   By Sid Ryan Edited By…

Three London boroughs slash housing waiting lists by over 75%

Last month Social Housing Watch looked at the the latest release of Local Authority housing statistics. Further analysis shows that three London boroughs, Bromley, Barnet and Westminster have drastically revised their council housing waiting lists, cutting them by over 75%. Nationally, between 2001 and 2008,…

‘Why I bought my council house’

Two million people across the UK are estimated to have bought their council homes. Social Housing Watch spoke to one of them. Mahilal Kottegoda, 67, a retired electronics technician, moved to his council house in May 1981. But just as Mahilal was entering the public…

Right to Buy: Thatcher’s first divisive policy

Housing was the first of Margaret Thatcher’s major reforms. In December 1979, six months after coming into power, her government published its Housing Bill. Its most striking proposal was that council tenants should be able to buy their homes at well below the market value.…