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Homes for all heros

Homes for all heros

As housing providers we must support all of our essential workers for the heroic work they are doing not just in this crisis but at all times. It should be more than a thank you, it should be something that is done as a matter of course, today, tomorrow and onwards. We need to provide…

Promoting Housing Affordability

The report by the Urban Land Institute “Promoting Housing Affordability” supports Mix Developments initiative to deliver affordable intermediate homes. We need public bodies to work with us to unlock the opportunities. Getting onto the housing ladder is difficult enough for anybody. But, with a current average UK salary of around £28,000 (ONS), younger people cannot…

Life beyond lockdown

If it was tough for the under-35s to get secure housing before this pandemic, just how hard will be it for them afterwards? They will be the ones paying back the economy for years to come. We must change housing policy now to ensure they have a fairer future. Younger people are on the frontline…

First Homes Consultation

First time buyers will be given a discount of 30% under the governments proposed First Homes consultation paper. This will do little to help those people who are the targets for this housing. The average price of a 1-bed flat in London is in excess of £420,000 according to Foxtons. Using the Mayor for London’s…

Covid 19 – Government update for people in difficulty paying mortgages or rents

Rent and mortgage advice update for leaseholders, tenants and landlords – the Government has updated its advice for people having difficulties paying rent, mortgages and shared ownership costs. They rightly suggest a pragmatic approach and urge people to be mindful of each other’s circumstances and begin early discussion. For more information, please read the documents…

Covid 19 – Government support for renters and homeowners, March 2020

If people are facing difficulties they should speak to their mortgage companies or landlords. It s important to agree what to do in light of the pandemic, the government’s announcements and their own employment and financial circumstances. Payment holidays will be offered to Help-to-Buy homeowners. There is also support for renters and homeowners during the…

National Housing Federation response – meeting housing needs

New figures from the National Housing Federation show 3.6 million people in England are living in overcrowded homes. A further 2.5 million are caught in housing they can’t move out of – including house-shares, adults living with their parents, or people living with an ex. Rates of home ownership among the under-35s are at less…

Sterling prize

Sterling prize, 25 October 2019 Congratulations to Cathy Hawley and Mikhail Riches on their Goldsmith Street scheme winning the 2019 Sterling prize. It is encouraging that an environmentally and socially sustainable housing scheme is being championed. References RIBA 2019 Sterling Prize Cathy Hawley Mikhail Riches

Decarbonising the construction industry

Reducing carbon in the construction industry is a vitally important task. It is a complex issue as all processes and elements of the build environment need to be considered. The manufacture of building materials, their transportation, installation, use over time and potential redundancy can raise problems in reducing the lifetime carbon component of a development….

BoMaD – Bank of Mum and Dad

Parents in the UK provide £6.3bn to help their children with their mortgages. This make them the 10th biggest provider when measured against other mortgage lenders. According to the Legal & General it is putting many in financial difficulties as parents are using their pensions and savings to help their children. People without the BoMaD…