Author Archives: monimbó

Is this how to deliver a ‘One Nation’ housing policy?

Will Policy Exchange still be the go-to think tank for housing policy under this government as it was for Cameron’s? The latest contribution to the post-Brexit housing debate comes from Alex Morton, formerly of PE and behind several of the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Councils could boost housing investment but they’ve been straitjacketed

While the prospects of a post-Brexit boost to public housing investment must have faded with Sajid Javid now in charge at DCLG, he could at least have a quick look at the mess that’s been made of council housing finance … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Can this continue?

More than £42 billion of government money to prop up the private housing market, and just £2 billion invested in affordable rented housing: even before Brexit this looked like a huge distortion, now it simply looks absurd. Most readers of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

More evictions, more homelessness: what’s the government’s response?

Every new set of homelessness figures shows that the ending of a private tenancy is the biggest reason why people are losing their homes. It’s becoming a genuine emergency: in England it accounts for 30% of homelessness acceptances, rising to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Council housing’s brief Spring

There are not many words of praise for former housing minister Grant Shapps in the pages of Red Brick. But in comparison with current minister Brandon Lewis, the tenure of the coalition’s first housing supremo now almost looks progressive and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Government support for the private market is more than double its spending on affordable homes

The new UK Housing Review 2016 puts together figures you won’t find anywhere else: the government’s investment plans for housing and how they split between supporting the private market and building affordable homes. They show that the different market-support packages … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

A man without a plan

It’s well known that governments are much fonder of dealing with day-to-day ‘events’ than they are of planning for long-term change. But this government not only has an aversion to planning, it seems clueless as to what it might involve. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Sticking it on the Bill

Is this England’s worst-ever Housing Bill? Quite possibly. Past legislation has often included useless measures (the rent-to-mortgage scheme in 1993 comes to mind) but they often sat alongside worthwhile ones (in that case, defining the welfare role of social housing). … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Waving, but not yet sinking

A hundred of Britain’s ‘most dilapidated and poverty-ridden housing estates’ are to be redeveloped, promises David Cameron. Some will be demolished and rebuilt from their foundations. Just as the last economic crisis had nothing to do with the bankers, it … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

What you see isn’t what you get

What matters to an illusionist is how something is perceived, rather than how it actually is. Owen Jones, writing last month, was describing what he called the government’s ‘political sorcery’. He only briefly touched on housing policy. He pointed out … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments