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Massive swing to the SHOUT Party in 24 Housing ‘Power Player’ Poll

Each year 24 Housing invites more than 400 leading figures in the housing world to nominate five people who they think have had the biggest impact on housing during the last year. This year’s ‘Power Player‘ survey is published today. … Continue reading

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City Villages – the wrong solution to London’s housing crisis

Last week on Red Brick we discussed a series of essays edited by Lord Andrew Adonis for the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) proposing the transformation through redevelopment of existing council estates into ‘City Villages’. Duncan Bowie has written … Continue reading

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Cameron fails the empathy test

David Cameron was totally thrown in the TV interview with Jeremy Paxman by the first question about people using food banks. He failed the empathy test, showed no interest in the people affected and resorted immediately to his learned statistics … Continue reading

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City Villages or ghettoes for the rich?

I have a bright idea. London has a terrible housing crisis. There is a general shortage of homes of all kinds and a specific shortage of genuinely affordable housing. So let’s sell off the only genuinely affordable homes we already … Continue reading

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After Osborne’s Budget, social housing can win the Election for Labour

There has been so much commentary on the Budget that it seemed pointless to add to the noise already generated. But there is a truism about Budgets – the first day’s assessment is almost pointless, it is the second day … Continue reading

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UK Housing Review sets out the challenges for all the Parties

The annual compendium of housing facts and figures was published yesterday by the Chartered Institute of Housing*. Now in its 23rd edition, it pulls together all of the key housing data and presents it in a digestible format, with lots … Continue reading

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Stand Up for Cathy

Every now and again I watch Cathy Come Home. I did so once more after attending a ‘Stand Up for Shelter’ fundraiser during the week starring the stunningly funny Eddie Izzard. Next year it will be 50 years since this … Continue reading

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Evan Davis answers Natalie Bennett’s question for her (and for everyone else)

One of my favourite pastimes is raging at the TV, especially when Newcastle United are on, but mainly at political shows. As I’m a BBC person, I idle my way through the Daily Politics (Andrew Neil is the best interviewer … Continue reading

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Election 2015: What’s at stake for housing?

The Centre for Labour and Social Studies, otherwise known as Class Think Tank, launched its election guide on housing in Newcastle today. Following on the heels of the launch at the weekend of the new Labour Housing Group North East … Continue reading

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Social housing is worth its weight in gold

Regeneration sounds like a good thing. Who could be against it? Today’s report ‘Knock It Down Or Do It Up’ from the London Assembly shows why many people, and especially tenants on large estates, have come to see it as … Continue reading

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