Child poverty targets unnattainable

New research published by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission predicts that government targets for reducing the levels of child poverty by 2020 will be missed by a wide margin. Even in the most optimistic scenario, the research projects that one in five children will be in relative poverty in 2020, compared to 17% […]

Fuel poverty; a continuing problem

Data released recently by the Department of Energy and Climate Change shows that the number of households in fuel poverty fell by 5% in the period 2011-12, to 2.28 million. The average  fuel poverty gap fell by just two pounds to GBP 443 during the same period. Worryingly 41% of all fuel poor households come […]

Garden cities get thumbs up

A poll of over 6,000 people, has that three-quarters of Britons think that it is a good idea to build new garden cities to help meet Britain’s housing need. Over two thirds of the public also said that building new garden cities would better protect the countryside from development than the alternatives for delivering the […]

Affordable homes needed for the over 55’s

One in three 40- to 50-year-olds living in the UK who rent or have mortgages on their homes believes they will not be able to afford their housing payments in retirement, according to survey carried out for Raglan housing. While 27% plan to move to cheaper accommodation, almost half don’t know what they will do […]

Child poverty set to top five million by 2020

A combination of cuts to benefits, the rising cost of living and years of flat wages will result in five million children in Britain face being “sentenced to a lifetime of poverty” by 2020 according to new research from Save the Children. It calculated that recent changes to social security have cut the incomes of the […]

Racial prejudice on the increase

New data from NatCen shows that 30% of British people describe themselves as either “prejudiced against people of other races (up from 25% in 2001). Inner London comes out lowest at 16% whilst the West Midlands scores highest at 35%. Prejudice is highest amongst those with no formal qualifications. Just over 9 in 10 of […]

London tops evictions figures

According to the housing charity Shelter more than 215,000  households ( approximately 4000 per week) in England are at risk of eviction or repossession. New research based on data from the Ministry of Justice shows 16 out of the top 20 Boroughs issuing notices are located in London and its surrounding suburbs.