Author Archives: monimbó

Who will pay to reclad the tower blocks?

Media coverage of the Grenfell Tower fire has been dogged by confusion as to where the money came from for the original work and who will pay for the remedial work now needed to the country’s tower blocks. This is … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Ten good (housing) reasons for not voting Tory

The Tories have been a disaster for housing policy, pouring billions into trying – and failing – to prop up home ownership while neglecting the rented sector. Here’s why you should vote to keep them out of power on Thursday. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Can Labour deliver 100,000 social homes annually within five years?

This was the headline promise from the leaked version of Labour’s manifesto. How feasible is it? Labour seems to have stepped back from a much more ambitious – arguably, far too ambitious – target of delivering 500,000 affordable homes over … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Hammond’s not for turning

We normally look in vain for more housing investment in a Tory Budget, and this one had no surprises. Hammond ignored housing and in so doing merely confirmed what we already knew: he’d already made an almost imperceptible shift away … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Trump will be bad for housing too

If social housing provision in the United States is already highly marginalised and directed towards the very poor, it’s due to get worse under the next president as budgets are hacked back. And the appointment of the new secretary for … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The war on local government

What’s more depressing, the government’s current war on local government or the lack of a sufficiently outraged response to it? Or rather, why is the outrage being directed just where the government wants – at local authorities – rather than … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

More on ‘troubled families’

‘A tale of Cameron’s prejudice and hubris’ was how Red Brick described this a couple of days ago, and subsequent events have shown Steve’s words to be correct even if the picture is a little more complicated than first appeared. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Right to buy sales are not being replaced. Period.

Even Theresa May has now been rolled out to defend the highly dodgy claim by environment ministers that council homes sold under the right to buy are being replaced. But it patently isn’t true. There is no dispute that actual … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Call off the pay-to-stay catastrophe

Spot the lies in this justification by the government of its pay-to-stay plans: ‘It’s simply not fair that hard-working people are subsidising the lifestyles of those on higher than average incomes’. Aside from the fact that it implies that social … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Growing racism requires a much stronger government response

Hate crimes have increased since the referendum and the biggest increases have been in areas that voted ‘leave’. Government has launched a new hate crime plan but, typically, rather than a proper strategy it’s largely a mish-mash of small schemes, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment