Do Not Pass GO

by Ryan Prout and Gayle Rogers

Since 2010, the number of people sleeping rough in the UK has risen by 169%. Huge cuts to housing benefit and welfare reform are partly to blame. And so is the dire lack of affordable housing. Returning to the origins of Monopoly in a game intended to demonstrate the perils of landlordism,  ‘Do not pass GO’ plots some of the key developments that turned what had been resources for meeting a fundamental human need into an asset class, alongside other alternative investments like derivatives and crypto-currencies.