Women’s Budget Group policy paper: Rethinking housing supply and design

Housing is fundamental to life, security and wellbeing as well as tackling climate change and working towards a zero-carbon future. It also remains a key site of gender and intersectional inequality, with design that does not accommodate diverse needs or care responsibilities, with mortgages and rents out of reach, and a suburban ideal that requires a car for daily living and can isolate women and children in the home. 

This paper offers seven recommendations to achieve a gender inclusive and sustainable housing sector:

  1. Participatory planning for the future: centring women and others traditionally marginalised
  2. Making internal form and design responsive to care work, gender and diversity
  3. Improving the materials and fabric of our buildings
  4. Developing gender-, community- and climate-responsive site design
  5. Improving connection to town, city and region
  6. Expanding who builds, installs and maintains housing to non-traditional workers
  7. Implementing a right to safe, decent and affordable housing following the most recent UN guidelines, where housing as a home is prioritised over housing as an asset

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