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One (stifled) cheer for the Autumn Statement

It is hard to imagine a housebuilding policy that could be more extreme than the position reached by David Cameron and George Osborne last year. Having virtually ended new programmes of social rented homes, in favour of the so-called ‘affordable … Continue reading

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Thinking it through

The latest housebuilding figures, and especially the disastrously low figures for affordable homes and the virtual disappearance of new homes for social rent, have refocused attention on housebuilding. In the run up to the Autumn Statement there has been some … Continue reading

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The Redfern Review into the decline of home ownership

BY Dermot Mckibbin, Beckenham CLP* This review was commissioned by the John Healey MP Shadow Secretary of State for Housing though is independent of the Labour Party. Peter Redfern, the Chief  Executive for Taylor Wimpey chaired the review. (click here … Continue reading

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Still ‘500 miles’ from home, today it is 50 years since Cathy

The film Cathy Come Home, directed by Ken Loach and written by Jeremy Sandford, can be seen in full here. It is highly recommended if you have never seen it. The credits track was ‘500 miles from my home’ by … Continue reading

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What happens when a homelessness reduction Bill meets a homelessness increase policy?

A surprising degree of consensus has broken out in support of the Homelessness Reduction Bill, a private members Bill due to be debated in the House of Commons tomorrow (Friday), with backing now being given by both the Government and … Continue reading

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Let’s get our gentrification story even straighter

Dave Hill is an award-winning (and deservedly so) commentator on London and I’ve never had much cause to take issue with him. But on the issue of regeneration/gentrification (they are not the same but let that pass for now) he … Continue reading

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More on ‘troubled families’

‘A tale of Cameron’s prejudice and hubris’ was how Red Brick described this a couple of days ago, and subsequent events have shown Steve’s words to be correct even if the picture is a little more complicated than first appeared. … Continue reading

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Troubled families: a tale of Cameron’s prejudice and hubris

Back in 2012 Red Brick dubbed the Government’s ‘Troubled Families’ programme ‘policy-based evidence making’. The newly-released (and sneaked out) evaluation of the billion pound programme proves our point. Despite constant claims by Government that the programme was ‘turning round’ the … Continue reading

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Is the tide turning at last?

It’s always hard to spot the precise moment a tide peaks and turns. But after a year of severe depression about our housing prospects, to the point recently where I considered stopping writing about it, I have had a minor … Continue reading

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Investing in social housing: a good deal for the taxpayer whatever happens after Brexit

New research for SHOUT, the campaign for social housing, and a *coalition of agencies, shows that the case for investing in social housing remains very strong despite the decision to leave the European Union. Last year, SHOUT and others* commissioned … Continue reading

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