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The less social housing we have the more people are talking about why it’s a good thing.

The week’s main news was that the Budget put additional support into home ownership – yet again – by continuing Help to Buy beyond 2021 and extending it to shared ownership –  while doing very little for genuinely affordable social … Continue reading

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Labour Housing Group Policy Day Newcastle 17 November 2018

Labour Housing Group will be holding a national policy day in Newcastle on Saturday 17 November 2018. Speakers include John Healey MP, Sarah Longlands from IPPR North, and social historian John Boughton, author of the brilliant history of council housing, … Continue reading

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So, WHY can’t you afford a home?

Occasionally you read something that challenges your firmly fixed views. Like most in housing, I fall easily into the simple analysis that there is a direct link between our inability to build new homes and the housing affordability crisis. If … Continue reading

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‘Happy clappy’ is not the right response

It was a first for the National Housing Federation to get a serving Prime Minister to speak at one of their Conferences. It’s obviously a feather in their cap, proving that government takes them seriously. But there was a degree … Continue reading

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Fixing the broken housing market – Labour Housing Group fringe meeting at Labour Conference with Melanie Onn

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The Help to Buy gravy train

Some people suffer because of the housing crisis, others do quite nicely out of it thank you. Land owners are perhaps the best example of those who have traditionally coined it in. Nothing much has changed since Winston Churchill, way … Continue reading

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Housing Green Paper consultation on consumer regulation: the sector response will make or break the government’s proposals

The government’s Social Housing Green Paper fails to meet its promise to be a ‘fundamental rethink’. But it contains a number of U-turns in policy towards the sector and its tenants. One welcome change is in the approach to consumer … Continue reading

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LHG response to Social Housing Green Paper – does anyone actually believe that the Tories have been listening?

Labour Housing Group, an affiliate to the Labour Party which promotes socialist housing policies within and outside the Party, has today released a statement in response to the Conservative Government’s Social Housing Green Paper. The statement contrasts the Tory green … Continue reading

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Social housing green paper: not fundamental, and not much of a rethink

When it was announced by housing secretary Sajid Javid back in September, the social housing green paper was described as the start of a “fundamental rethink of social housing in this country”. Now that it is finally published after several … Continue reading

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This media manipulation doesn’t serve the people

The housing/local government department has always been well known for its late announcements – last day before Xmas and last day before Parliament breaks up were always favourites. But they have excelled themselves over the homelessness strategy and the green … Continue reading

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