MPs launch inquiry into benefit cap

23/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

MPs have launched an inquiry into the benefit cap and have re-opened an inquiry into Universal Credit amid growing concern over delays.


Housing associations 'built half of all London homes in 2016'

03/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Housing associations built almost half of the new homes completed in London last year, according to a report from the National Housing Federation (NHF) published yesterday.


Social rents have increased faster than earnings

19/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Social housing rents have increased faster than earnings over the last 15 years, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report published today.


IFS: rising house prices create 'lucky half'

05/01/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Rising house prices and the generational gap in homeownership mean a “lucky half” of young people will get the vast majority of inherited wealth, according to a study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.


More sites needed to help Traveller community, says report

14/12/2016 | By Clare Mullooly

More sites must be made available to Gypsy and Travellers communities to help alleviate the “poor health, anxiety and disconnect” they suffer as a result of a lack of suitable accommodation.


Fraudulent housing benefit payments hit £1bn

08/12/2016 | By Caroline Thorpe

Housing benefit overpayments due to fraud totalled £1bn last year, official statistics released today have revealed.


Regulator to reveal individual landlords' cost data

17/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

The English social housing regulator will publish data showing named individual housing associations’ costs this year, as part of its drive to improve the sector’s efficiency.

North of England

Northern 'housing boards' should take control of investment

16/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

Northern areas should establish ‘housing boards’ which take control of public funding for housing supply in their areas, a commission investigating the housing crisis in the North has said.

The Lyons review

Lyons endorses Barwell's 'broad-based' stance

15/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

The author of the Ed Miliband-commissioned review of the housing market has endorsed the “broad-based” stance of the new housing minister.

a lesson in right to buy

LSE: "Accidental landlords" freeze out first-time buyers

30/09/2016 | By Pete Apps

Would-be first-time buyers are being frozen out of the market by richer households who cling on to their old home as a rental investment when trading up, a study has found.


Policy Exchange: large landlords should raise rents to build

19/09/2016 | By Chloë Stothart

The largest housing associations should be allowed to raise rents in exchange for agreeing to build more homes, an influential thinktank has said.

David Montague

G15 calls for benefit system overhaul

14/09/2016 | By Chloë Stothart

London’s largest housing associations have urged the government to overhaul the benefits system to ensure that “work pays”.

IH Top 50 columnist

Small data

27/06/2016 | By Jo Richardson

Only small-scale, community-based research can get behind the trends in vast housing datasets, argues Jo Richardson


Data doesn’t lie - IH50

22/06/2016 | By Mark Henderson

It’s all too easy to ignore data trends if they don’t fit our beliefs, says Mark Henderson


Landlord 'could save NHS £3m a year'

08/02/2016 | By Heather Spurr

A housing association has calculated it could save the National Health Service more than £3m a year through health interventions for older people.

Stock pic

'Give town centres same powers as Housing Zones'

18/01/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Town centres should be given similar powers to Housing Zones to encourage new investment, a report has concluded.

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High-rise England

23/12/2015 | By Kate Youde

Tower blocks – you probably love them or hate them. But just how ubiquitous are they? Kate Youde compiled this map of council-owned blocks across England

For sale sign

Thinktank: let councils keep stamp duty cash

15/12/2015 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils should be allowed to keep the revenue made through stamp duty tax, a report by the Centre for Cities has said.

Housing building

7% rise in completions in Scotland

01/12/2015 | By Jonathan Bunn

Affordable housing completions in Scotland have risen 7% year-on-year, according to Scottish Government figures released today.


Regulator criticises councils over Traveller sites

30/11/2015 | By Jonathan Bunn

Some Scottish councils show “little awareness” that regulatory standards for social landlords apply to Gypsy and Traveller sites, a report has found.