Calls for reductions in housing costs to boost the economy and reduce poverty have been on the increase. So how will the UK’s social housing sector approach rent increases due in April 2014? Peter Hall reviews the facts and alternatives available.
"Reducing Housing Costs
Faisal Islam led the way on calls for this last year, outlining how reducing housing costs would boost the economy via increased disposable incomes. Shelter joined in with a blog on boosting wages or cutting rents and even Helen Barnard from the JRF recently highlighted in a New Statesman article that increasing the minimum wage won’t be enough to tackle ‘poverty – reductions in housing costs will also be required.
Or Increasing Housing Costs
It’s time of the year when the good and great in social housing up & down the country will be facing the elephant in the room – proposed rent increases from April 2014...."