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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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The great housing budget. Is that it?

A tweet from fellow SHOUT campaigner Tom Murtha summed up the Budget: ‘Is that it?’ he said. SHOUT’s response to the Budget calls it ‘a missed opportunity’. A bit on the polite side! Of course there are a few things … Continue reading

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It’s the 21st century: homes should not be unfit for human habitation

I get to speak at meetings a fair bit, normally Labour Party or tenant campaign meetings around the place. Recently I’ve taken to asking audiences if it is possible for a landlord to let a home that is ‘unfit for … Continue reading

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Is this really the turning point for social housing?

In the week when the final death toll of the Grenfell Tower disaster was announced to be 71, it is right that social housing should move further into the spotlight. The Chartered Institute of Housing has announced a major new … Continue reading

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Land and house prices – the Tories are getting it so wrong

Some weeks there are just too many interesting things to read, and my highlights this week were a report from Shelter on the use of viability assessments in housebuilding and a blog from the Resolution Foundation on impact of Help … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t Kensington & Chelsea council want to assume direct management control of its own housing stock?

By Ross Fraser In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, many local residents expressed the view that the outsourcing of housing management and (in part) major works programmes to the KCTMO had contributed to the disaster.  They also called … Continue reading

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The strange case of a government housing policy that won’t happen

By Ross Fraser Everyone in the sector will recall the surprise late insertion into the 2015 Conservative election manifesto of a policy to extend the right to buy to housing association tenants – funded by the enforced sale of council … Continue reading

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