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Boost retirement housing to stop pensioners fleeing cities for coast and countryside, think-tank says

Older people should be helped to spend their later years in new urban retirement housing in town and city centres rather than heading for the coast or the countryside, a new think-tank report says today.

Published: 05 December 2021
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Commentary

Return to spender: the Chancellor’s costly stamp duty gamble

Rishi Sunak's stamp duty holiday is risky and expensive. Here are three housing measures he could have announced instead.

Published: 10 July 2020
Author(s): Scott Corfe, Amy Norman
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Commentary

The problem with Universal Credit and the Private Rented Sector

...receipt of housing benefit. Furthermore, if a tenant makes a fraudulent housing benefit claim, the local council is able to reclaim overpaid housing benefit directly from the landlord, even if...
Published: 10 April 2015
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Commentary

Incorporating health and wellbeing into housing developments

Despite the health, social, and environmental benefits of high-quality housing developments, delivering healthy and sustainable homes and neighbourhoods remains a challenging task. In this blog, Dr Caglar Koksal outlines how housing developers and local authorities can work together to create healthy, high-quality homes while also addressing long-standing health and housing inequalities.

Published: 01 March 2022
Author: Social Market Foundation
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Media Release

‘People power’ over planning could help fix housing crisis – think-tank

Giving local residents a greater say over proposed construction in their area could help fix the UK’s housing crisis, according to a new report published by the Social Market Foundation think tank.

Published: 24 October 2021
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Commentary

Your home: The fastest way to make a million (if you’re a Londoner)

...trouble with housing, is that all too often, political considerations trump economic and social ones, as the SMF showed in its Politics of Housing. The justification for Help to Buy...
Published: 08 May 2014
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Commentary

Is the housing debate too narrow?

...tenth of the entire manifesto. In contrast, in the past decade, the proportion dedicated to housing hovers around 2%. This reinforces other evidence that indicates that housing has become a...
Published: 15 September 2013
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Publication

Co-Living: A Solution to the Housing Crisis?

...Co-living refers to housing models where individuals have a private housing space, but also have access to a range of communal facilities such as shared living areas, dining spaces, gyms,...
Published: 26 February 2019
Author: Scott Corfe
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The Missing Rung: London’s housing squeeze

...unaffordable or high housing costs if it spends more than one third of its total net income, including benefits (such as housing benefit) but after the deduction of taxes (including...
Published: 10 May 2016
Author(s): Katie Evans, Ben Richards
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