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Super-gentrification, inequality and Islington

London has become a breeding ground for inequality. Growing income disparities and the widening gap between the housing haves and have-nots are becoming increasing visible. Nef’s recent research in the London Borough of Islington exposed not only the extent and speed...

A challenge for the Care Bill to cover housing

With the Care Bill currently being debated in Parliament, all the problems of our ageing society are highlighted once again. Local authorities are running out of money to meet social care costs. The NHS is struggling to cope with the...

Welcome to… DCLG

It’s hard to believe that Britain’s economy is on the mend when living standards are falling for millions of people on middle and lower incomes. And it’s even harder to feel like you have a decent standard of living when...

Why it matters: Regulating private rents

The word ‘home’ means more than just a roof over your head; it means security, a place of safety, a sense of belonging. But for a large percentage of people now living in insecure private rented accommodation their home provides...

Rebuilding the economy

Everyone knows that we are not building enough homes. This is not just bad for all those people in need of a home, but it is equally bad for the economy. Homebuilding is a significant contributor to employment and growth,...

How to regulate private landlords

It was a very proud moment for me to hear the Labour party leader, Ed Miliband, mention me in his speech to the Fabian New Year Conference last Saturday, following my submission on the Your Britain website. I suggested how...

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