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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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Should councils ignore Eric Pickles’ letters?

To those that don’t already do so, ignoring the Secretary of State over the next six months while he’s making even more trouble than usual for councils might make good sense. His latest mischievous missive to local authorities tells them … 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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Another bad idea from Policy Exchange

Policy Exchange won’t be expecting a good reception from Red Brick for their latest housing proposals. Our opposition hasn’t stopped the coalition from adopting some of their past ideas, but their latest one is bad even by PEx’s standards. It’s … 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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Labour’s energy efficiency plan – an excellent start

The good thing about Labour’s energy efficiency plan is that it’s a proper plan with costed and achievable targets. But does it go far enough? Among the many failures of the coalition government, its inability to deliver energy efficiency and … 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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