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‘Furious commitment’ to end homelessness and bad housing: essays in memory of Chris Holmes

A collection of essays in memory of the life and work of Chris Holmes has been published online and is accessible to all. The essays, including contributions from Hattie Llewellyn-Davies, Nick Raynsford, Ann Power, David Orr, Jeremy Swain, Nicola Bacon, … Continue reading

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A bitter pill to swallow

I had intended not to write any blogposts during my extended visit to the antipodes this winter. But the addition of new clauses at very short notice to the Housing and Planning Bill which introduce ‘mandatory fixed term tenancies’ of … Continue reading

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Going into hibernation

After 5 years and approaching 700 posts, Red Brick is going to have a winter rest. A hibernation? That sounds like a good phrase, implying a comeback with renewed vigour and energy. That will certainly be needed for the fight … Continue reading

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Why are the Tories so sanguine about adding £60 billion to public debt?

Once upon a time, the reclassification of housing associations as ‘public non-financial corporations’ by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which happened last Friday after years of speculation, would have been seen as a catastrophe. We therefore have to look … Continue reading

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The visit of President Xi was notable for more than Jeremy Corbyn’s white tie

Having visited China a few years ago, I found the debate about President Xi Jinping’s state visit difficult to assess. There were a lot of side issues that attracted attention – would Jeremy wear a white tie to the banquet … Continue reading

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More and more, poverty and deprivation in London are driven by housing costs

As we head for next May’s crucial London mayoral election, the London Poverty Profile published by New Policy Institute and Trust for London shows both the depth of poverty in the capital and its changing nature. Some crucial facts revealed … Continue reading

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Death by regulation: the Housing and Planning Bill

I loved the comment of blogger Colin Wiles that the new Housing and Planning Bill is a ‘Bill of Wrongs’ ‘stuffed full of omissions’. I can’t recall a Bill where so much of the detail is to follow in ‘regulations’ … Continue reading

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Abandoning the poor (2)

It appears that the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, James Landale and co have swallowed the Tory Central Office press briefing wholesale. Her headline comments were all about David Cameron’s speech ‘parking his tanks on Labour’s lawn’, occupying ‘the Labour Party’s former … Continue reading

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Abandoning the poor (1)

The now infamous ‘deal’ between the National Housing Federation and the Government over the right to buy could be an important turning point in the history of housing associations and of social housing. Many people on Boards say they have … Continue reading

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Farron’s empty rhetoric

Good political speeches are seductive, and yesterday Tim Farron made a good speech. Coherent, passionate, with quite a lot of policy. It had quite a long section on housing. He started by saying his interest was sparked by seeing ‘Cathy … Continue reading

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