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The Right to a Home – 30 years on

30 years ago the Labour Housing Group, which had been founded in 1981, published its first book on housing policy. It was 200 pages of tightly-argued analysis split into 18 chapters, each with a specialist author, forged into a coherent … Continue reading

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Obituary: Chris Holmes CBE

Chris Holmes, who died on 2 December after a long struggle with illness, was a towering figure in the housing world for more than 40 years.   Chris led many organisations in his extraordinary career: Shelter, where he was Deputy … Continue reading

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Autumn Statement ushers in a cold winter for housing

In the flurry of economic statements and announcements that have taken place over the last couple of days, the word ‘housing’ has featured. But only just. Yesterday the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, LibDem Danny Alexander MP, unveiled the latest ‘National … Continue reading

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Ladders are dangerous

BY David Rodgers* To change the nature of the political debate it is often necessary first to change the language used in it. The Labour Party and our supporters are doing this in the debate about the abhorrent Bedroom Tax. … Continue reading

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Northern Lights

The establishment of IPPR North a decade ago was a tremendously innovative piece of strategic funding by a group of north east foundations. It was an inspired choice to base it in Newcastle rather than the ‘usual’ Manchester. The UK … Continue reading

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They’re all the same. Oh no they’re not.

There are many of us in the Labour Party who would like the Party to adopt a more vigorous and less timid housing policy. Everyone I meet in the Party agrees that housing should be a key priority for an incoming Labour … Continue reading

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Austerity not so welcome when it hits the rich

Labour has run into a little local difficulty with its Mansion Tax proposal. Perhaps the biggest problem is that, although the proposal is very popular amongst the general public, many of the people affected by it have easy access to … Continue reading

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Investing in housing will help save the NHS

In the third of our special series based on the contributions made to the London Labour Housing Group Conference on 25 October, Environmental Health campaigner and former President of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Dr Steve Battersby MBE, looks at the … Continue reading

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Time to abandon the debased language of ‘affordability’?

One of the many powerful contributions to the London Labour Housing Conference on October 25 came from Madeleine Davis of the Peabody Ex-Crown Tenants Campaign. In her speech, she first outlined what happened to the rents of tenants who transferred from … Continue reading

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SHOUT – the very cross-party campaign for social rented housing

Tim Morton of SHOUT spoke at the London Labour Housing Group Conference ‘2015 – the Housing Election?’ – in Paddington on Saturday 25 October. This is what he said. Thank you for inviting me today SHOUT is a cross party, … Continue reading

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