‘Affordable and safe housing’ was described by chancellor Rishi Sunak as the government’s ‘second priority’ after investment in public services in his inaugural Budget speech on the 11 March.
Nearly four in 10 (38%) people who approached their local authority for help since the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 was introduced either remained homeless or became homeless because councils do not have enough genuinely affordable housing available.
Insurance giant Legal & General has earmarked UK pension money to be spent on affordable housing for the first time, with £100 million of new financing secured.
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has redefined ‘affordable housing’ to mortgages or rent costing less than 35% of the lowest quarter of wage earners in the local area.
Those living in Sunderland can save for a house deposit in just six years and eight months, faster than any other major UK city.
More affordable housing should be built in England’s national parks to help communities excluded by spiralling prices driven by second homes, the new chair for the authorities has said.
Research by the Local Government Association (LGA) suggests that communities have potentially lost out on 13,500 affordable homes in the past four years as a result of permitted development rules, says LGA.
This Christmas, 126,000 children in England will be living in temporary accommodation, having been made homeless with their families. The failure by successive governments to build enough social housing has made it impossible for low income families to put a secure, affordable roof over their head.
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ONS data revealed that from April 2017 to March 2018, 60,000 affordable homes were built, bought or rehabilitated.
Some 47,100 were in England, 8,600 in Scotland, 2,300 in Wales and 2,300 in Northern Ireland.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has granted planning permission to a 168-home development in Wandsworth, London.
Wandsworth Council's planning committee rejected the application by Hollybrook Ltd in May.
Legal & General Affordable Homes has announced that it has committed £750 million to new affordable housing projects throughout the UK, increasing its development pipeline to nearly 3,500 homes, across 41 schemes.
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The terms affordable homes and luxury rarely go together, but they have been successfully amalgamated at an extraordinary development in Dorset, setting a new standard for mixed-tenure developments across the UK.
The housing industry needs to do more to win the support of Londoners for new home building with council, social rented and genuinely affordable housing being a priority, it is suggested.
Government’s benefit freeze ‘pushing low-income families to the brink’.
Landlords in the private rented sector who commit to providing affordable housing should be given the same financial support as housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their properties, it is suggested.
The Mayor of London has launched a search for a development partner for the St Ann’s hospital site in Haringey, through his London Development Panel, with the majority of homes being affordable.
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Caedmon Homes has sold 14 affordable homes to Wakefield District Housing (WDH) in a deal worth £1.1m.
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