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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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The grass isn’t greener on the other side

Much has been made recently of the ‘Green surge’. Having had a big hand in the rise of UKIP, the media suddenly gave a lot of attention to the Green Party and the rumoured challenge to Labour from the left. There are … Continue reading

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The ‘Sunifesto’ shows why all progressives must unite to defeat the Tories and UKIP

Today the Sun publishes its ‘Manifesto’ for the Election, the ‘Sunifesto’. They say they ‘haven’t decided’ who to support in the general election, but their policy statement is incompatible with any Party to the left of Genghis Khan. It’s an astonishing document: it … Continue reading

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Abbott and Mandelson agree, so the Eds must be right on Mansion Tax

It’s interesting how many wealthy people have strong views on the Mansion Tax but have no recorded views about the Bedroom Tax. We’re in this together? Well no we are not. Over the past few days the news from Oxfam … Continue reading

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Selling the family silver

One of the key themes on Red Brick over the years has been the importance not only of building more social rented housing but of protecting the stock we already have. Evidence to be published in the upcoming 2015 UK … Continue reading

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Be careful what you campaign for

The first big housing policy debate to erupt in the New Year is long overdue: rent controls in the private rented sector. The basic case that ‘something should be done’ is clear. Rents in the high pressure areas of the … Continue reading

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The homeless are not just for Christmas

Happy New Year to everyone from Red Brick. Let’s hope 2015 is a much better year for housing than 2014. As Robin Williams (see below) said ‘You can’t keep picking people up; you have to stop them from falling.’ It … Continue reading

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