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The Housing Podcast: will Brexit stop us building affordable homes?

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The Housing Podcast: Will Brexit stop us building affordable homes? #ukhousing

Hear views on what Brexit – deal or no deal – will mean for building new affordable homes on this week’s #housingpodcast #ukhousing

Will Brexit stop us building affordable homes?

As parliament gridlocks over Brexit, the Housing Podcast team looks at how the development of new affordable homes could be affected.

With interviews with Jasmine Whitbread, chief executive of London First; Rebecca Larkin, senior economist at the Construction Products Association; and Nicholas Harris, chief executive of Stonewater.

The Housing Podcast is now also available on iTunes


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Karen Buck MP, who guided the bill through parliament, along with housing lawyers Giles Peaker and Justin Bates – who wrote it – sit down with The Housing Podcast to answer all this and more.

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What would a no-deal Brexit mean for housing?


What would the consequences be for the UK housing sector if Britain left the EU without a deal? The Housing Podcast team is joined by Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders; John Perry, policy advisor at the Chartered Institute of Housing; and property journalist Rhiannon Curry to ask what it would all mean.



The leaseholders stuck in buildings with dangerous cladding


There are almost 300 private buildings around the country with Grenfell-style aluminium cladding, including 205 residential blocks.

Leaseholders face fears over fire and, in many cases, crippling bills to fund its removal.


This week the Housing Podcast visits two of these sites to ask what happens next.

Theresa May scraps the cap: what does it mean?

To the delight of councils across the country, Theresa May announced this week that she will scrap the Housing Revenue Account borrowing cap.


With the help of Eamon McGoldrick of the National Federation of ALMOs, in this week’s episode of The Housing Podcast we discuss the history of this contentious area of housing policy and look at what happens now.

Is Sadiq Khan delivering on housing?

After an attack in this week’s Evening Standard, The Housing Podcast team catches up with James Murray, London’s deputy mayor for housing and residential development, and Conservative housing spokesperson Andrew Boff to assess London mayor Sadiq Khan’s record on housing.

The true cost of homelessness

Inside Housing has conducted in-depth research into the amount councils are spending on temporary accommodation for homeless people, with shocking results.


In this episode of The Housing Podcast, we take a look at the financial aspect of homelessness and discuss the figures with Matt Downie, director of policy and external affairs at Crisis.

Rating the Social Housing Green Paper

The Housing Podcast team is joined by David Pipe from the Chartered Institute of Housing and housing columnist Jules Birch to rank the proposals in the Social Housing Green Paper out of 10. Edited by Luke Barratt.

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The supported housing saga

The government’s announcement this week that it will drop plans to change the way supported housing is funded brings to a close a nearly three-year cycle of lobbying against these proposals.


This week, The Housing Podcast looks back at this story, which began with a throwaway line in George Osborne’s Autumn Statement in 2015.

Edited by Luke Barratt.

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A brief history of council housing

In this week’s episode of The Housing Podcast we speak to John Boughton, social historian and author of Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing, about the five phases of local authority housing – starting in the East End of London in 1900.

Was Dispatches fair to housing associations?

The Housing Podcast team is joined by Tom Murtha to discuss the controversial Dispatches documentary on housing associations titled Getting Rich From the Housing Crisis.


Mr Murtha appeared on the programme, but felt it misrepresented his views. The team also hears views from Brian Robson of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Curo boss Victor da Cunha about the documentary. Edited by Peter Apps.

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Who has been the best housing minister since 2010?

The Housing Podcast team gets together to rank all the housing ministers of the modern Tory era, from Grant Shapps to Dominic Raab. There are a lot of them. Edited by Luke Barratt.

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The Hackitt Review

This week, Dame Judith Hackitt released the findings of her building regulations review, commissioned by the government in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire last June.

Featuring an interview with Dame Judith, the team takes a look at what was in the report – and why some people were less than impressed. Edited by Luke Barratt.

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The rise and partial fall of the Right to Buy extension

Inside Housing’s editor-in-chief Emma Maier joins the Housing Podcast team to look back at the rise and partial fall of plans to extend Right to Buy discounts to 1.3 million housing association tenants, first announced by David Cameron in 2015. Edited by Luke Barratt.

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Is immigration the cause of the housing crisis?

The Housing Podcast team is joined by Jonathan Portes, former chief economist at the Cabinet Office, to discuss housing minister Dominic Raab’s claim that immigration has pushed up house prices.

The episode also features an interview with senior staff at Arhag, a specialist housing association that supports new migrants. Edited by Luke Barratt.

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Building regulations: the paper trail

Inside Housing presents the ‘paper trail’ of building regulations. We go over building regulation changes covering decades to see how so many tower blocks around the country ended up with dangerous cladding.

We ask: was the cladding on Grenfell Tower legal? How did the regulations change to allow combustible materials? And what warnings were missed along the way? Edited by Luke Barratt.

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Read more about Brexit


Brexit and the social housing sector: the key risks As the tortuous process of exiting the European Union approaches its denouement, the country remains in a state of uncertainty about what exactly is going to happen. Peter Apps recaps the key risks to the social housing sector

Downturn: why is L&Q cutting its surplus in half and what does it mean for the sector After L&Q revealed it is likely to cut its surplus by £158m this year, Peter Apps asks what this means for the financial model which has defined the housing association sector since 2010

What housing associations are doing to stress-test for Brexit With the UK’s departure from the EU looming, Luke Barratt looks at what housing associations have been doing to prepare

Regulator writes to housing associations with no-deal Brexit warning The regulator has issued a warning to housing associations over the threat of a no-deal Brexit, outlining key risk areas including shortages of crucial materials, a housing market crash and difficulties accessing ‘business-critical’ data

Sector draws up contingency plans for no-deal Brexit The country’s largest housing associations are putting in place contingency plans to protect the future of their organisations

How would the sector cope with a no-deal Brexit? As uncertainty around Brexit mounts and a no-deal looms, Inside Housing asks what it could mean for the housing sector

Current grant system won’t work in a falling market The government needs to think again about grant to prevent housing association development from collapsing in a falling market, writes Matthew Bailes.

S&P would downgrade half its rated housing associations after no-deal Brexit The credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has said it will downgrade associations it rates if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal


Click here for all our Brexit news to date


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