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Poverty and deprivation are increasing in outer London – is London in danger of going the same way as Paris?

By Glyn Thomas Chipping Barnet CLP The left-leaning think tank The Smith Institute has published a new report called “The unspoken decline of outer London; why is poverty and inequality increasing in outer London and what needs to change?”  The … Continue reading

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Feudalism, Toxic Leases and a Parliamentary Select Committee

By Dermot Mckibbin Beckenham CLP Introduction A bi-partisan leasehold reform inquiry report by the House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee has trashed the English leasehold tenure system. Using strong language, the report concluded that: “Too often, … Continue reading

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SHOUT’s evidence to the Affordable Housing Commission

Last week we published Dave Treanor’s excellent evidence to the Affordable Housing Commission, focusing on the issues of taxation, housing subsidies, land, and construction, and making a number of comparisons with the experience in Germany. Today we’re highlighting the evidence … Continue reading

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Evidence to Affordable Housing Commission

By Dave Treanor The Affordable Housing Commission, organised by the Smith Institute, funded by the Nationwide Foundation and chaired by Lord Richard Best, has issued a call for evidence as it gets under way.  It poses a number of questions: … Continue reading

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Affordable Housing Commission issues call for evidence

The Affordable Housing Commission, organised by the Smith Institute, funded by the Nationwide Foundation and chaired by Lord Richard Best, has issued a call for evidence as it gets under way. The Commission has a wide brief to look at … Continue reading

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A vision based on evidence

Shelter’s Housing Commission report published yesterday is undoubtedly a major contribution to the debate about how to solve the housing crisis, and I broadly agree with most of its conclusions. Attending the launch, I found the most intriguing aspect was … Continue reading

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Rent roulette: from Stalin to Mr Bean via Orwell

Mr Bean’s rent policy If people rent from a council or a housing association, how much rent will they pay? The answer is anything between 40% of local ‘market rents’ (and sometimes less) and 80%. But is there any logic … Continue reading

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Relative absolutes

There’s a ritual in the House of Commons when it comes to debating poverty. It goes along the lines of Jeremy Corbyn challenging Theresa May about the huge weight of evidence showing rising poverty in this country. May always answers … Continue reading

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Home ownership is the most ‘subsidised’ tenure

It often seems that the term ‘council tenant’ automatically comes with the word ‘subsidised’ in front of it. It is part and parcel of the stigmatisation of the tenure by many politicians and much of the media – and even … Continue reading

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The less social housing we have the more people are talking about why it’s a good thing.

The week’s main news was that the Budget put additional support into home ownership – yet again – by continuing Help to Buy beyond 2021 and extending it to shared ownership –  while doing very little for genuinely affordable social … Continue reading

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