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Scaling up institutional investment for place-based impact
This research found that across £326 billion of Local Government Pensions Schemes (LGPS) in the UK, there is the potential to mobilise £16bn immediately for place-based investments like affordable housing, SME finance, regeneration, clean energy and infrastructure.
Renting during the covid-19 pandemic in Great Britain: the experiences of private tenants
This report examines the renting experiences of 60 private tenants in Great Britain; a related output focuses on their demands to the government. The study focuses on a particular subgroup of private renters, those who were engaged or interested in tenant activism, broadly understood, and who are therefore more vocal and active in enunciating their vision of the future.
Social rented housing (England): past trends and prospects
Housing policy has focused on overall supply in recent years. There is broad consensus in the sector over this approach and various measures have been introduced to stimulate housebuilding. Commentators, however, highlight the need to deliver housing that is genuinely affordable to improve living standards and address poverty levels.
Home truths: options for reforming residential property taxes in England
This report presents the various options to reform the England’s property taxes, assessing them against both economic and political criteria. It concludes by setting out a new approach to taxing English property to mitigate the regressiveness and distortions of the current system, and help achieve government aims of building more homes, levelling up and delivering net zero.
Past, present and future; Housing policy and poor-quality homes
This report calls for a co-ordinated national strategy to reinstate enforcement of housing standards, the development of local hubs to coordinate holistic home improvement and retrofit, and long term national funding for locally delivered improvements to the quality of homes for the benefit of current and future generations.
6th Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe
This report sheds light on young people who are worse affected by housing exclusion than the rest of the population, and were so even before the current health crisis. It also takes stock of the social issues affecting all of Europe, more than a year after the start of the pandemic.
The Renters’ Reform Bill: How can the upcoming Bill best deliver for tenants and landlords? Summary Report of an Onward and Shelter Partnership
This is a summary report of a major Onward and Shelter roundtable partnership held in March 2021. The virtual roundtable event brought together leading parliamentarians and charitable experts to explore how policymakers and politicians can ensure that the