New ebook: Housing, poverty and the good society: what can we achieve by 2025?

Posted on 26 Jan 2017 under Housing, News

2017 marks the 75Screenshot 2017-02-22 at 15.57.58th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, which was heavily influenced by Beatrice and Sidney Webb’s research on social reform. The report offered a post-war strategy for tackling housing poverty, including a cross-party consensus for a national affordable home building programme. Although the slum housing is no longer a driver of poverty on the scale it once was, we are today facing a modern housing crisis. In fact, housing still remains arguably the ‘wobbly pillar’ of the welfare state and in more and more areas homes to rent or buy are unaffordable to people on low to average incomes. Overcrowding and homelessness is increasing, housing conditions in the fast-growing private rented sector are deteriorating, and the gap between supply and demand keeps growing.

It is against this background that the Webb Memorial Trust (WMT) and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty commissioned a series of policy-focused perspectives and opinion pieces on housing, poverty and the good society. They are seeking to inform and shape housing and anti-poverty strategies over the period to 2025, as part of the Webb Memorial Trust’s programme to develop a new narrative on a good society without poverty, which draws on research from a wide range of leading organisations. Given the importance of housing to this narrative, the aim is to help forge a coalition of interests, inspired by Beveridge and the Webbs, and a lasting commitment to longer-term, preventative solutions. The viewpoints complement the latest report by the WMT on housing ‘Social Housing and the Good Society’.

Download the ‘2017 Housing Perspectives’ e-book



  1. Solving poverty in the UK: why housing matters? – Brian Robson, Policy and Research Programme Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  2. Housing tenure, private landlords and poverty – Peter Kenway, Director, New Policy Institute
  3. Housing, poverty and life chances – Toby Lloyd, Head of Policy, Shelter
  4. New policy approaches – Duncan Bowie, Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster and Highbury Group
  5. Combating fuel poverty – Sarah Daly, Director Strategic Sustainability and Partnerships, Sustainable Homes
  6. Tomorrow’s housing professionals – Terrie Alafat, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Housing
  7. Making housing affordable again – Alice Martin, New Economics Foundation
  8. Children’s voices and housing poverty – Rys Farthing, Social Policy Analyst specialising in youth and poverty
  9. Building strong communities – Ruth Davidson, Director of Policy and External Affairs, National Housing Federation
  10. Listening to Einstein: nurturing innovation through community-led approaches to housing – Jennifer Line, Programme Manager, Building and Social Housing Foundation
  11. A bright future for council housing? – Martin Wheatley, SHOUT (the campaign for social housing)
  12. A place of delightful prospects? Housing and poverty in suburbia – Paul Hunter, Head of Research, Smith Institute
  13. Decent private sector living conditions – Seb Klier, London Campaign Manager, Generation Rent
  14. Creating successful new communities – Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, TCPA
  15. Housing and poverty – a way forward? – Richard Rawes, Chair, Webb Memorial Trust