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The Green Party fluffs its lines

Natalie Bennett’s incredibly awkward interview on LBC suggested either that the Greens don’t know how to fund their proposal to build 500,000 social homes by 2020 or that their leader hadn’t done her homework. Which is it? In fact, the … Continue reading

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Evan Davis answers Natalie Bennett’s question for her (and for everyone else)

One of my favourite pastimes is raging at the TV, especially when Newcastle United are on, but mainly at political shows. As I’m a BBC person, I idle my way through the Daily Politics (Andrew Neil is the best interviewer … Continue reading

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More homeowners at any cost?

With levels of homeownership lower than for decades, is there nothing that the Tories will not do to stop the slide? Last week saw Duncan Smith’s batty idea of giving social homes away to previously unemployed tenants who get back … Continue reading

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Election 2015: What’s at stake for housing?

The Centre for Labour and Social Studies, otherwise known as Class Think Tank, launched its election guide on housing in Newcastle today. Following on the heels of the launch at the weekend of the new Labour Housing Group North East … Continue reading

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Social housing is worth its weight in gold

Regeneration sounds like a good thing. Who could be against it? Today’s report ‘Knock It Down Or Do It Up’ from the London Assembly shows why many people, and especially tenants on large estates, have come to see it as … Continue reading

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So, rent controls will drive ‘three out of five landlords’ out of the market?

What an unhappy coincidence that on the day the Residential Landlords Association chose to bleat about Labour’s planned rent controls, the private rented sector was fingered as one of the main reasons for the growth in the numbers of homeless … Continue reading

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The grass isn’t greener on the other side

Much has been made recently of the ‘Green surge’. Having had a big hand in the rise of UKIP, the media suddenly gave a lot of attention to the Green Party and the rumoured challenge to Labour from the left. There are … Continue reading

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What’s new in the Elphicke-House Review?

The coalition’s new report on local authorities’ role in housing supply coincided with a warning from a leading parliamentary committee that council services will soon become ‘unviable’. But it’s clear that the review by Natalie Elphicke and Keith House had … Continue reading

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The ‘Sunifesto’ shows why all progressives must unite to defeat the Tories and UKIP

Today the Sun publishes its ‘Manifesto’ for the Election, the ‘Sunifesto’. They say they ‘haven’t decided’ who to support in the general election, but their policy statement is incompatible with any Party to the left of Genghis Khan. It’s an astonishing document: it … Continue reading

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Abbott and Mandelson agree, so the Eds must be right on Mansion Tax

It’s interesting how many wealthy people have strong views on the Mansion Tax but have no recorded views about the Bedroom Tax. We’re in this together? Well no we are not. Over the past few days the news from Oxfam … Continue reading

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