Good Practice

Housing solutions for London's families

Date Posted: 13 September 2016

The lack of genuinely affordable housing in London is a key driver of child poverty. There are many challenges surrounding London’s housing market for families, local authorities, and the new Mayor. A massive increase in house-building may help adjust market prices in the long term, however policy-makers can put in place policies in the short-term to address affordability, overcrowding, security of tenure, and poor conditions for families. This good practice event from 4in10 explored the context of London's housing, policy, and potential solutions. 

Kath Scanlon from LSE's presentation focused on the mismatch between national housing policy and London's housing needs. 

Betsy Dillner from Generation Rent spoke about huge growth in the private rented sector, the issues facing families living in their sector, and their campaigning work (no powerpoint).

Jeremy Grint from Barking and Dagenham Council's presentation explored the challenges for local authorities around housing and discussed his local authority's innovative approach to increasing affordable housing through a council-owned private company.

Download the event report with summaries of the presentations and discussions.