‘We want to pay a mortgage rather than always being at risk of landlords cashing in and moving us on.’
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‘With crowdfunding, you’re investing with the council rather than giving them money to spend.’
‘There are things going on — but sometimes central government need giant things to stand in front of, but misses how the smaller scale can add up to something revolutionary.’
To help incubate new ideas that address the city’s housing crisis and rebalance some of those inequalities, the five-year Bristol Housing Festival was born in 2018.
It could be the kind of collaborative and innovative approach to homelessness that helps to reverse London’s deepening temporary housing crisis.
‘Services themselves have been cut to the bone and older people are marooned in their houses.’
In rural areas, wealthy second homeowners are avoiding making any contribution to local coffers by registering their properties as businesses eligible for rate relief.
‘Social enterprise is more than a ‘nice thing’ to have, it is also a way to boost the economic impact of grant funding.’