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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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No new money will be made available for post-Grenfell works

“Fund it yourselves” was the clear message from communities secretary Sajid Javid to the Communities Select Committee and then again in response to an emergency question from John Healey last Thursday. Red Brick had already outlined the options available to … 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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Nobody’s Perfect

By Ross Fraser “Nobody’s perfect” (Closing line of Some Like It Hot: Billy Wilder 1959) Red Brick readers will be familiar with local authority concerns about the lack of alignment between new housing association supply and the social rent housing … Continue reading

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Tories try to steal Labour clothes

Investing in council housing was just one of the new policies that Theresa May pinched from Labour in her disastrous speech. Tackling student debt, mental health, energy prices and even organ donations all figured in the list of stolen policies … Continue reading

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Where will the money come from for Labour’s housing plans?

Labour was under scrutiny at its conference last week for the announcement of supposedly costly policies that can only be funded by tax increases or extra borrowing. One such promise of course was to end PFI contracts, and it was … Continue reading

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