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A look back at Labour’s Annual Conference 2019, from a housing perspective

By Sheila Spencer, Secretary, Labour Housing Group   Labour Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, John Healey MP, addressing the LHG fringe meeting.   Amid the gloom of Brexit, climate change, and reselection fever, Annual Conference this year was a … Continue reading

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Labour to modernise feudal leasehold system in response to Tory inaction

By Dermot McKibbin On 11 July there was a debate in the Commons on the Government’s response to the House of Commons Select Committee critical report on the leasehold tenure. The Government claims to be bringing forward reforms to: Ban … Continue reading

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From social mobility to social justice: how a simple policy announcement started a small war

Most people reading or watching the media during the last few days would have been left with the impression that Jeremy Corbyn had launched a major attack on the last Labour Government. In fact, he made a forward-looking speech to … Continue reading

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Labour’s ‘Land Grab’

In the middle of all the fawning over Trump, the newspapers got their teeth into a Labour story this morning. According to the Daily Mail it was about “the policies of Venezuela” and “Labour’s garden tax: Party unveils new Corbyn … Continue reading

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Voluntary Right to Buy: should housing associations be ‘proud to be involved’?

The headline is based on an Inside Housing article this week by a director of a national housing association, Stonewater, which is one of those taking part in the government’s pilot scheme in the Midlands. Sue Shirt says they are … Continue reading

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“A decent, affordable home ought to be a human right. Under Labour, it will be” says Tom Copley AM

We wanted to draw your attention to today’s edition of Labourlist, which is guest edited by Tom Copley, Labour’s housing spokesperson on the London Assembly and chair of the London Labour Housing Group.   No surpise, Tom’s edition has a … Continue reading

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Poverty and deprivation are increasing in outer London – is London in danger of going the same way as Paris?

By Glyn Thomas Chipping Barnet CLP The left-leaning think tank The Smith Institute has published a new report called “The unspoken decline of outer London; why is poverty and inequality increasing in outer London and what needs to change?”  The … Continue reading

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Feudalism, Toxic Leases and a Parliamentary Select Committee

By Dermot Mckibbin Beckenham CLP Introduction A bi-partisan leasehold reform inquiry report by the House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee has trashed the English leasehold tenure system. Using strong language, the report concluded that: “Too often, … Continue reading

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SHOUT’s evidence to the Affordable Housing Commission

Last week we published Dave Treanor’s excellent evidence to the Affordable Housing Commission, focusing on the issues of taxation, housing subsidies, land, and construction, and making a number of comparisons with the experience in Germany. Today we’re highlighting the evidence … Continue reading

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Evidence to Affordable Housing Commission

By Dave Treanor The Affordable Housing Commission, organised by the Smith Institute, funded by the Nationwide Foundation and chaired by Lord Richard Best, has issued a call for evidence as it gets under way.  It poses a number of questions: … Continue reading

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