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A basic right of citizenship

This week saw the 40th anniversary of the death of Anthony Crosland. He served as a Cabinet Minister in the 1960s and 1970s Labour Governments, including as Foreign Secretary (dying in Office in 1977), President of the Board of Trade, … Continue reading

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Radical solutions to the housing supply crisis – or just common sense?

Duncan Bowie displays his encyclopaedic knowledge of planning and housing in his excellent new book ‘Radical Solutions to the Housing Supply Crisis’, much of which is derived from the work of the ‘Highbury Group’ of planning academics and practitioners that … Continue reading

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Housing white paper: Government reinvents the wheel

Here are some initial reactions to the White Paper published today, having also listened to Sajid Javid’s statement at lunchtime.  Almost every news programme and every newspaper has previewed the Housing White Paper, published today, in excitable terms, building expectations … Continue reading

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Asylum seekers’ accommodation: something for US to be ashamed about

In a week when there was a lot to be ashamed about, and especially the supine performance of the Prime Minister during and following her visit to Trump, today’s report of the Home Office Select Committee on the accommodation provided … Continue reading

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Leasehold reform back on the political agenda

By Dermot Mckibbin Just before Christmas Conservative MP Peter Bottomley and Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick, the two joint chairs of the all-Parliamentary Group on Leasehold and Commonhold reform, secured a rare debate in the House of Commons on leasehold reform. … Continue reading

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The Government sets a trap

As the Homelessness Reduction Bill completes its Committee stage – lengthy for a private members’ Bill because it has complex provisions that have been frequently amended during the discussions – suspicions are rising about the Government’s motivation in supporting the … Continue reading

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One article does not wipe the slate clean

Having attended Owen Jones excellent lecture on ‘optimism’ over the holiday, I had resolved to view 2017 with more positivity, looking at what is possible in the future rather than what has gone wrong in the past. Sadly, the feeling … Continue reading

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Trump will be bad for housing too

If social housing provision in the United States is already highly marginalised and directed towards the very poor, it’s due to get worse under the next president as budgets are hacked back. And the appointment of the new secretary for … Continue reading

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The war on local government

What’s more depressing, the government’s current war on local government or the lack of a sufficiently outraged response to it? Or rather, why is the outrage being directed just where the government wants – at local authorities – rather than … Continue reading

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Winning Elections and the Leaseholder Vote

By Dermot McKibbin The 1997 Labour Election manifesto described the leasehold housing tenure as not worthy of the 20th century. The leasehold form of ownership is feudal in nature.  You pay for a lease and when the lease expires, you … Continue reading

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