The Housing Podcast is a production of Inside Housing magazine, the UK’s leading social and affordable housing publication.
Listen to find out more about the key issues in housing today, with input from the sector’s leading voices.
Housing's 30-year net zero challenge
In June 2019, parliament passed legislation committing the UK to becoming a net zero-carbon emitter by the year 2050. That presents a huge challenge to the housing sector, including social landlords, who now have less than 30 years to ensure their homes meet the necessary energy efficiency standards. And while the coronavirus pandemic has dominated minds for the past year, there is an increasing focus on how that challenge can be met. Inside Housing's Nat Barker and Lucie Heath are joined by Richard Lupo of SHIFT to discuss the issue in this episode of The Housing Podcast.
Why are people on benefits struggling to pay the rent?
More people than ever are claiming benefits to help them survive the pandemic. But they are not receiving enough money to cover their housing costs. Why? The Housing Podcast is joined by Marc Francis of charity Z2K and Sam Lister from the Chartered Institute of Housing to discuss where the holes in the safety net are. Read more about this issue here: https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/insight/insight/the-holes-that-must-be-fixed-in-our-benefits-safety-net-69171
Review of the year 2020
In the final episode of 2020, The Housing Podcast looks back over the strangest of years. As well as delving into the major housing stories of the last 12 months, the team are quizzed on their knowledge of recent policy announcements and attempt to predict what lies in store for the sector in 2021.
Was the Social Housing White Paper worth the wait?
Last week, the government published its long-awaited Social Housing White Paper. This 76-page document was born from the ashes of the Grenfell Tower fire; as it emerged that residents had tried unsuccessfully to raise safety concerns before the disaster, it became clear to ministers that the system to ensure landlords hear their tenants had failed with the worst possible consequences. Nearly three and a half years on from the fire, and more than two years on from its green paper precursor, the Social Housing White Paper presents a “charter” intended to ensure residents are treated with the respect they deserve, backed by an overhaul of consumer regulation. In this episode of The Housing Podcast, the team sifts through the details of the white paper and discusses whether it merits the long wait.
The crisis affecting hundreds of thousands of flats which could grind the housing market to a halt
In June 2017, a terrible fire tore through the cladding on Grenfell Tower, claiming 72 lives. After the blaze, it emerged that other blocks of flats were covered in similar materials. Three years on the scale of the crisis has grown to involve numerous types of external wall systems, affecting thousands of buildings across the country. Progress in fixing them is proving painstakingly slow as arguments continue over who should be made to pay and government funding comes up short.
For the people living in these blocks, that means not only safety fears but potential financial ruin. Last December, the industry tried to come up with a solution in the form of the External Wall System 1 (EWS) process, but it is not working as the problems continue to spiral. In this episode of The Housing Podcast, following the launch of new asks from our End Our Cladding Scandal campaign, we discuss the past, present and future of the EWS crisis with three people who are close to the issue.
How the government's reforms will change the planning system
Last week, the government laid out proposals for what Boris Johnson previously described as "the most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War". Ministers have a vision to overhaul the approach to setting housing targets, deciding where to build and securing funding for public benefits from developers, while short-term changes to the existing regime could have a huge impact on affordable housing. In this episode of The Housing Podcast, the team explains what the measures might mean in practice.
Great to see this content available
It’s really good to see this housing content available as a podcast. It’s a great resource for housing bods. Only drawback at the moment is the sound quality, but hopefully this will be addressed.
White paper Back to the future?
As a freelance tenant engagement and service development consultant I really like listening to the podcast, particularly during Covid, just to hear the panels take on developments which is always really good. It’s curious but during the pandemic it feels like the sector has by necessity not had the same level of networking and for me obviously I’ve really noticed it and I think practice has diverged quite a bit in different organisations because of this. Anyway the emphasis on proactive consumer regulation in the white paper reminded me of the old audit commission CLOEs which I think had a really impact on improving standards in the sector prior to them being burnt in the quango bonfire 10 years ago. The Grenfell themes of transparency, safety and 2 way communication have led to this new streamlined approach. I think the neighbourhood bit of the white paper combined with its parallel in consumer standards may lead to a movement around broader neighbourhood quality of life as it develops which links to Covid space issues but also to levelling up. So the podcast may want to look at this in more detail at some point. Anyway thanks for the pod which for me who doesn’t get out much at the moment is really useful.
Disappointing coverage of White Paper
Please get Nat to be the main presenter he is far better.
The other guy goes ‘yeeeeaaahhh definitely’ and ‘Yous guys’ far too much.
No analysis of content and potential impacts / changes as a result of HWP. You’ve read it out and comments like ‘some good ideas’ are just lightweight.
You’ve gone off the boil in terms of prep and content during lockdown - need more effort ‘Yous guys definitely’. Cheers