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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957

Reform, Regulation & the private rental sector: The Young Foundation View

Date: | Posted by: James Teasdale

Date: July 20 2018

Posted by: James Teasdale


Today Which? launched their report into experiences in the private rented sector, proposing a set of regulatory recommendations to kick the sector into shape. While the sector is hugely fragmented, and distributed, with 80% of private landlords only owning one property, there are a number of common experiences that can make life pretty miserable for… → Read More

Local solutions to loneliness and social isolation

Date: | Posted by: Isabel Young

Date: July 19 2018

Posted by: Isabel Young


“You don’t know loneliness until you experience it yourself” – Member of the Halstead Day Centre for the isolated over 60s. Social isolation and loneliness are increasingly being treated as public health priorities by governments the world over – and described as both ‘an epidemic’ and ‘contagious’. With the UK Government appointment of a Minister… → Read More

Meet Helena Trippe, CEO of RentSquare


Date: April 23 2018

Posted by: Isabel Young


Meet Helena Trippe, CEO of RentSquare, one of the seven ventures on the first cohort of our Reimagining Rent programme which is supporting innovations working to make the private rented sector work better for vulnerable people. We talk with Helena about what inspired her to start RentSquare how the Reimagining Rent programme is helping them… → Read More

Reimagining Rent-Demo Day approaches


Date: April 11 2018

Posted by: Isabel Young

For the past six months we have been running Reimagining Rent, our unique housing accelerator programme in partnership with the Nationwide Foundation. The initiative supports a range of ambitious ventures focused on tackling inequality in the private rental sector, and our Demo Day on 25 April where we showcase our ventures is fast approaching With the housing crisis taking centre… → Read More

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Date: | Posted by: Helen Goulden

Date: March 29 2018

Posted by: Helen Goulden


Heroes live among us. In literature, film, activism, politics. From Greek myths to Star Wars, our attraction to heroic endeavour is deep within every culture; deep within our psyche. It pervades most of our modern day story-telling. We demand a story with a human face. We love to journey with them through adversity; sharing in their agonies and rejoicing in their triumphs.