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Why building more homes will not solve Britain’s housing crisis | Ann Pettifor

Why building more homes will not solve Britain’s housing crisis | Ann Pettifor

The problem of inflated prices lies in property speculation. That’s what we need to clamp down onEveryone – from the government, to housing charities, to housebuilders – has bought into the
Hundreds of thousands living in squalid rented homes in England

Hundreds of thousands living in squalid rented homes in England

Estimated 338,000 properties rented by under-35s hazardous and likely to cause harmRented housing so squalid it is likely to leave tenants requiring medical attention is being endured by hundreds of
Bottom of the housing ladder: 'I feel like a squatter in my home'

Bottom of the housing ladder: 'I feel like a squatter in my home'

Over 2 million people in the UK live in rented homes that actively damage their healthCarley Jones has seen the rent on her crumbling one-bedroom flat in Medway in Kent rise 40% in just three years,
Tell us your experiences of cities at war

Tell us your experiences of cities at war

Be it gang violence, terror attacks or military strikes, conflict has come to cities. We want to hear about your experiences of urban warfare to aid our coverage of Cities at WarThe bureaucracy of
Can you really save for a deposit by ditching coffee and avocado toast? I tried to find out​

Can you really save for a deposit by ditching coffee and avocado toast? I tried to find out​

For many young people, cutting back on little luxuries will not make property ownership a reality. But what can a spending diary – and advice from Britain’s most famous money-saving expert – reveal
Squalid homes: Corbyn says government ‘in pockets of landlords’

Squalid homes: Corbyn says government ‘in pockets of landlords’

Labour leader says Tories can’t fix housing crisis after revelations that thousands live in hazardous conditionsJeremy Corbyn has accused the government of being “in the pockets of rogue landlords”
How to end speculation and squalor in housing | Letters

How to end speculation and squalor in housing | Letters

Readers suggest boosting provincial centres, controlling rents, greater regulation of landlords, and minimum incomesAnn Pettifor (Journal, 27 January) identifies several important strategies for
Surprise rise in UK house prices as lack of homes for sale fuels lift

Surprise rise in UK house prices as lack of homes for sale fuels lift

Average price now at £211,756 but experts say overall trend is for growth to slowUK house prices rose at the fastest annual pace in 10 months in January, bolstered by a lack of new homes coming on to
Criminal landlords could lose all earnings after court ruling

Criminal landlords could lose all earnings after court ruling

London council given right to use Proceeds of Crime Act against landlords who rented single house to 40 peopleCriminal landlords who rent out illegally dangerous homes will be forced to give up all
Labour plans to make landowners sell to state for fraction of value

Labour plans to make landowners sell to state for fraction of value

Exclusive: party proposes raid on private land to cut cost of building new council housesLabour is considering forcing landowners to give up sites for a fraction of their current price in an effort to
Totally together: could communal living suit you?

Totally together: could communal living suit you?

From self-sufficient communes to cohousing schemes, people are opting for a shared lifestyleEvery Wednesday morning, Devaraj Sandberg and the rest of the community at Osho Leela, a spiritual commune
Anger over glut of ‘posh ghost towers’ planned for London

Anger over glut of ‘posh ghost towers’ planned for London

Councils in capital have approved thousands of £1m-plus flats despite crisis in affordable housing, new figures showLondon councils have granted property developers planning permission to build more
'We're all competing for the same jobs': life in Britain's youngest city

'We're all competing for the same jobs': life in Britain's youngest city

The 30% of Bradfordians under 20 face a perfect storm of problems, from youth unemployment to racial tension. But many of them insist it’s not all doom and gloomWhen it comes to grim urban statistics
Man, 95, in hospital after being told to pay share of £2m bill to remove cladding

Man, 95, in hospital after being told to pay share of £2m bill to remove cladding

Son says his father has no way of raising money because his flat is unsaleable due to fire riskA 95-year-old resident of a London high rise with Grenfell Tower-type cladding has been taken to hospital
Homeless person in California swept into garbage truck and nearly crushed

Homeless person in California swept into garbage truck and nearly crushed

City official disciplined over mistake, the latest example of a deadly hazard faced by those living on the streets Sign up to our monthly Outside in America newsletter A senior official in San Diego
Property guardian firms are a force for good | Letters

Property guardian firms are a force for good | Letters

Seven professionals from property guardianship companies say that their sector provides real, affordable alternatives to the private rental marketWe disagree with the assertion that people are forced
Don’t blame older people in big homes for the housing crisis | Barbara Ellen

Don’t blame older people in big homes for the housing crisis | Barbara Ellen

The lack of affordable accommodation has nothing to do with ‘bed-blockers’ in large, expensive propertiesAn MPs’ inquiry says that older people should be offered more support to “downsize”, thus
A reminder not to take true love lightly | Brief letters

A reminder not to take true love lightly | Brief letters

When Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday clash | Nationwide | Ladies’ swimming places | Staples in compost | MarmaladeValentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday only occasionally clash, as Rhik Samadder rightly
The Alternatives: how a Liverpool suburb upended its housing market – podcast

The Alternatives: how a Liverpool suburb upended its housing market – podcast

Aditya Chakrabortty hears from Hazel Tilley, a long-time resident of the Liverpool neighbourhood of Granby and now chair of its community land trust. She explains how after decades of neglect from
The story of No 20: how does a London family home end up empty in 2018?

The story of No 20: how does a London family home end up empty in 2018?

Britain is in the midst of a housing crisis, but has more than 260,000 empty homes. How on earth do houses such as 20 Hayles Street – a council-owned property in a city ravaged by homelessness – stay