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The ability to create the illusion of power, to use mirrors and blue smoke…*

On the first occasion I appeared in the 24 Housing ‘Power List’ my son commented that he couldn’t imagine that I would want to be in any list where Grant Shapps was number one. Last year the stars of both … Continue reading

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Half a great housing strategy – unfortunately, the wrong half

The new London Housing Strategy from the Mayor of London is half a great document. The analysis is broadly sound and it is quite well written and clear. The critical weakness is that the policy prescriptions just don’t match up … Continue reading

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It’s time to call time on the right to buy

Given reports of the difficulties councils face in replacing houses they are forced to sell, shouldn’t the right to buy be curtailed before it does even more damage? A survey by the LGA reports that four out of five councils … Continue reading

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Goodbye annuities, hello social care accounts?

Like many others I sit and look at the pile of paper I have about my pension scheme and a fog descends. I was considering sorting it out and buying an annuity last year, but put it off because the process involved … Continue reading

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Bingo Bob shows what the Eton Mess really think about the British public

The astonishing advert and tweet published by the Chairman of the Conservative Party, Grant Shapps (aka Michael Green aka Bingo Bob) illustrates the condescending and insulting view that the Tories – the Eton Mess – have of the great British … Continue reading

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There is lots of money left – it’s just being spent by the wrong people on the wrong things for the wrong purpose

Boris Johnson was sunning himself in Cannes last week at the World’s greatest property development conference, obscurely called MIPIM (20,000 participants, 2,000 exhibitors from 80 countries) encouraging more global investment in totally unaffordable London property and making jokes in very bad taste … Continue reading

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Planners say they’re needed to solve the housing crisis, so why don’t they promote section 106?

The RTPI says planners are essential to increased housing output, pointing to their submission to the Lyons Review. But why do they ignore the potential of planning gain created through section 106 agreements? Neither the RTPI nor the Town and … Continue reading

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Could Labour and the LibDems work together on housing?

Alex Marsh, a Liberal Democrat, blogs a lot of sense about housing. But what is most noteworthy about his latest piece, a report on the various housing debates and fringe meetings at LibDem Conference last weekend, is the similarity between … Continue reading

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Money should be no object for homelessness too

There can be no doubt that the flooding of your home is a dreadful and traumatic event and that Government should be doing far more to improve flood defences and to mitigate the impact of climate change on our homes. But … Continue reading

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Surge of support for social rented housing

Friday night’s deadline for Labour’s Lyons Housing Commission brought a burst of last minute submissions from organisations and individuals. The Commission, chaired by Sir Michael Lyons, was set up after Labour’s Annual Conference in September 2013 when Ed Miliband announced … Continue reading

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