CIH and ITN Productions collaboration to examine housing crisis
The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and ITN Productions are producing a news and current affairs-style programme exploring how to tackle the UK’s housing crisis.
‘Solving the Housing Crisis?’ will examine how we can provide more affordable homes and will showcase the housing associations, local authorities and housing professionals leading the way.
Right now, millions of people are struggling to access a decent home at a price they can afford. Soaring house prices and stagnant wages have put home ownership out of reach for many while average private rents eat up more than a third of average monthly incomes across England. And at the very sharp end of our housing crisis, homelessness in England has jumped by more than 50 per cent since 2009.
Most urgently, there is a chronic shortage of new homes for rent that are genuinely affordable for people on lower incomes – one of the issues that was highlighted by the tragic events at Grenfell Tower. The programme will look at who lives in social housing, the contribution it makes to our society and what the government can do to support people in need of a home.
Drawing upon ITN’s 60 year heritage and expertise in storytelling, the news-style piece will be anchored by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky to combine key interviews and reports with sponsored editorial profiles from leading organisations.
‘Solving the Housing Crisis?’ will launch at Housing 2018 in Manchester on 26-28 June 2018, and form part of an extensive communications campaign featuring CIH members, industry partners, government partners, as well as relevant journalists, writers and bloggers.
CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: “The housing crisis is affecting people all over the UK, from young people unable to get their foot on the housing ladder to families putting up with poor conditions in the private rented sector, people stuck on the waiting list for social housing and homeless people trapped in poor quality B&Bs. We simply cannot go on with the system we have or the implications for future generations will be every bit as significant as the impact of Brexit. We’re really pleased to be working with ITN Productions to explore the challenges, highlight potential solutions and showcase the vital work that housing professionals are doing.”
Simon Shelley, head of industry news at ITN Productions, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Chartered Institute of Housing to produce a programme exploring how the current housing crisis is having a significant effect on so many of us today. We want to bring to life the issues, solutions and future of our housing market in the UK.”