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A man without a plan

It’s well known that governments are much fonder of dealing with day-to-day ‘events’ than they are of planning for long-term change. But this government not only has an aversion to planning, it seems clueless as to what it might involve. … Continue reading

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Sticking it on the Bill

Is this England’s worst-ever Housing Bill? Quite possibly. Past legislation has often included useless measures (the rent-to-mortgage scheme in 1993 comes to mind) but they often sat alongside worthwhile ones (in that case, defining the welfare role of social housing). … Continue reading

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Waving, but not yet sinking

A hundred of Britain’s ‘most dilapidated and poverty-ridden housing estates’ are to be redeveloped, promises David Cameron. Some will be demolished and rebuilt from their foundations. Just as the last economic crisis had nothing to do with the bankers, it … Continue reading

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What you see isn’t what you get

What matters to an illusionist is how something is perceived, rather than how it actually is. Owen Jones, writing last month, was describing what he called the government’s ‘political sorcery’. He only briefly touched on housing policy. He pointed out … Continue reading

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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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It’s not just social rented housing that’s at risk – so is new housing at Affordable Rents

Affordable housing is growing ‘at its fastest rate since 1993’, claims the government, with this week’s publication of a fresh set of statistics. But the same figures offer even more evidence of the inexorable decline of social renting. Yes, it’s … Continue reading

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There’ll be a boost to housing investment, but you’ll have to wait for it

‘I am doubling the housing budget’ said the Chancellor. But what he failed to add was that we’ll have to wait three years to see the extra money. In fact, more than a third of the extra won’t arrive until … 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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