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Let our Municipal Dreams flourish once more

John Boughton’s ‘Municipal Dreams’ website was a breath of fresh air when it first appeared four or five years ago. The Government had ended direct investment in new social rented homes, the housing sector had all but given up the … Continue reading

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Don’t consult on it. DO IT

Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, John Healey, spoke for me, and I suspect millions of others, when he attacked the Government’s response to the Hackitt review today: ‘Don’t consult on it. Do it!’. The issue was specifically whether to ban combustible … Continue reading

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Corbyn sets out Labour’s housing stall

Today saw the launch of Labour’s Green Paper focused on social housing – ‘Housing for the many’ – in Westminster. Together with Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey and the Leader of Leeds Council, Judith Blake, Jeremy Corbyn set out Labour’s … Continue reading

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Red Brick Briefing: Can offsite manufactured housing (OSM) play a key role in solving the housing crisis by ensuring that new supply targets are met?

In a new departure for Red Brick, we are publishing a ‘long read’ briefing paper rather than the usual blog post. It’s been researched and written by Ross Fraser, who has become a regular contributor to the site. He wanted … Continue reading

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So how should we set social rents in future?

Today saw the launch of research on social rent policy commissioned by SHOUT, ARCH and the LGA and undertaken by the independent macroeconomic research organisation Capital Economics. The full report can be found here. Lord Gary Porter speaking at the … Continue reading

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Taxing speculation in land

By Dave Treanor* The business model on which housing construction is funded is broken. It is slow to respond to rising house prices by increasing the supply of new housing, and stalls at the first sign of a downturn in … Continue reading

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Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill

Yesterday, 19 January 2018, Karen Buck MP sought a second reading of her private member’s Bill, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill. After a long an interesting debate, with support from all sides of … Continue reading

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A critique of the Government’s draft Lettings Fees Bill

By Dermot Mckibbin   Introduction The Government has at long last introduced the draft Lettings Fees Bill into Parliament. The bill is about to be scrutinised by the House of Commons Select Committee that cover the Department of Communities and … Continue reading

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Will Haringey’s HDV tackle homelessness?

It may be a fool’s errand to join the argument about one of London’s major ‘estate regeneration’ schemes. In most of the big schemes it has been almost impossible to distinguish fact from fiction amongst the contradictory claims made by … Continue reading

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Local housing companies: opportunities and concerns

By Ross Fraser The Smith Institute has recently published the first in-depth analysis of one of the most significant new developments in the housing sector. Delivering the renaissance in council-built homes: the rise of local housing companies estimates that around … Continue reading

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