Read Ipsos’s latest briefing on the public mood. We draw together our most recent research and polling to uncover public perception on the highest priority issues including immigration, the economy, public services and Brexit.
Understanding Society 2022: What is the real cost of the cost of living crisis?
This edition of Understanding Society covers a diverse and varied array of topics relating to the cost-of-living crisis, and how the rising costs have been affecting British society. Ipsos researchers consider food insecurity, sustainable living, the housing market, generational divides, and much more.
Harsh home truths
Economic turmoil has brought the housing affordability crisis into sharper relief for mortgage holders and renters. What can Government do? The response to COVID-19 was to pull more levers: eviction bans, mortgage and Stamp Duty holidays. In the Autumn Statement, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced capping social rents in England, but the Scottish Government had already gone further, faster, introducing a freeze on private as well as social rents and a moratorium on evictions. Previously, Michael Gove recommitted the Government to building 300,000 homes a year. Action will take years to deliver results, requiring considerable political courage. Public opinion will need careful management too. Has the housing crisis become bigger and uglier?