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Exclusive series of expert comment pieces will profile poverty and housing crisis


Tackling poverty and our housing crisis will be the focus of a series of exclusive articles from leading experts in housing, social policy and economics which will be published by CIH as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

The opinion pieces have been compiled by the Webb Memorial Trust and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty as part of the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report and feature views from key figures at the likes of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Shelter, the National Housing Federation and the New Policy Institute.

The 13 articles, which include one by CIH’s chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE on tomorrow’s housing professionals, seek to inform strategies to tackle poverty and our housing crisis and ask what we can achieve by 2025.

Terrie Alafat CBE, chief executive of CIH, said: “These wide-ranging perspectives from policy experts shine a crucial light on the scale of the challenge we still face to tackle our housing crisis and poverty in the UK. It also gives unique perspectives on how we can meet those challenges in the coming decade.

“We’re delighted to be able to be working with the Webb Memorial Trust and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty to help publicise this vital piece of work.”

The opinion pieces will be published on CIH’s website from January 23.

They will also be published and circulated to politicians, policy-makers, practitioners, campaigners and opinion formers.

The full list of articles and contributors is:

• Solving poverty in the UK: why housing matters? - Brian Robson, Policy and Research Programme Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

• Housing tenure, private landlords and poverty – Peter Kenway, Director, New Policy Institute

• Housing, poverty and life chances – Toby Lloyd, Head of Policy, Shelter

• New policy approaches – Duncan Bowie, Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster and Highbury Group

• Combating fuel poverty – Sarah Daly, Director Strategic Sustainability and Partnerships, Sustainable Homes

• Tomorrow’s housing professionals – Terrie Alafat, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Housing

• Making housing affordable again – Alice Martin, New Economics Foundation

• Children’s voices and housing poverty – Rys Farthing, Director of Strategy and impact, Unlocking Potential

• Building strong communities- Ruth Davidson, Director of Policy and External Affairs, National Housing Federation

• Listening to Einstein: nurturing innovation through community-led approaches to housing - Jennifer Line, Programme Manager, Building and Social Housing Foundation

• A bright future for council housing? – Martin Wheatley, SHOUT (the campaign for social housing)

• A place of delightful prospects? Housing and poverty in suburbia – Paul Hunter, Head of Research, Smith Institute

• Decent private sector living conditions – Seb Klier, London Campaign Manager, Generation Rent

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