Grenfell: a tragedy to transform Britain
Will historians of the future see Grenfell as a turning point? The inquiry into the disaster starts today, but answers are not enough: people want assurance that it will never happen again.
Big jump in building on England’s open spaces
Planning permission for homes on the green belt has risen fivefold in five years. With housing supplies so short, should the need for new stock come before environmental concerns?
Cameron revives ‘home-owning democracy’ dream
The Conservatives have promised to help millions buy their own houses, putting home ownership at the heart of their manifesto. But why is it such a widespread aspiration? And should it be?
Football’s Angel swoops down to help homeless
Spanish footballer Angel Rangel has melted Welsh hearts by handing out food to those sleeping rough in freezing conditions over the weekend. Homelessness is widespread and worrying.
Welfare cut back further in shrinking economy
The Conservatives say benefits encourage idleness and lack of responsibility. Labour say proposed reforms will hurt the vulnerable. What would a fair system look like?
‘Social cleansing’ feared as London poor priced out
A London council has asked 500 of its poorest residents to uproot themselves to cheaper houses up to 160 miles away. With mayoral elections approaching, what does this say about the city?
Multimillion plan to keep housing dreams alive
Young people in Britain find it almost impossible to get onto the property ladder, as prices rise and incomes stagnate. Now the government is injecting £400 million to unlock the market.
‘Boomerang’ kids go back to their parents
In despair at a 41-year-old son who won't leave home, Italian parents are trying to legally evict their own son. Is living with the family the future for the 'jilted generation'?