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Tories merge with Poundland

The Tory Manifesto was plainly written by Poundland, using the old Tesco mantra ‘pile it high and sell it cheap’. The Tories have nothing to say to tenants – literally. Their housing policy for one tenure only – home ownership … Continue reading

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Labour Manifesto: For housing, it’s a couple of steps in the right direction

No housing surprises were expected in the Labour Party Manifesto, launched this morning by Ed Miliband. And no surprises was what we got. All of the housing policies have been previously announced and widely trailed. There is a strong reliance … Continue reading

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The overwhelming case for new public housing

The Fabians have published a timely and strong new report written by John Healey and John Perry making ‘the overwhelming case for new public housing’. It is timely because it appears as the Election enters the short campaign and the … Continue reading

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Massive swing to the SHOUT Party in 24 Housing ‘Power Player’ Poll

Each year 24 Housing invites more than 400 leading figures in the housing world to nominate five people who they think have had the biggest impact on housing during the last year. This year’s ‘Power Player‘ survey is published today. … Continue reading

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City Villages – the wrong solution to London’s housing crisis

Last week on Red Brick we discussed a series of essays edited by Lord Andrew Adonis for the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) proposing the transformation through redevelopment of existing council estates into ‘City Villages’. Duncan Bowie has written … Continue reading

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Cameron fails the empathy test

David Cameron was totally thrown in the TV interview with Jeremy Paxman by the first question about people using food banks. He failed the empathy test, showed no interest in the people affected and resorted immediately to his learned statistics … Continue reading

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City Villages or ghettoes for the rich?

I have a bright idea. London has a terrible housing crisis. There is a general shortage of homes of all kinds and a specific shortage of genuinely affordable housing. So let’s sell off the only genuinely affordable homes we already … Continue reading

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Throwing money at the housing market

What’s the best way of spending an extra £2bn to boost housing output? Is it really to give every first-time buyer couple a lump sum of up to £6,000? George Osborne has committed future governments to spend £2,165 millions over … Continue reading

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After Osborne’s Budget, social housing can win the Election for Labour

There has been so much commentary on the Budget that it seemed pointless to add to the noise already generated. But there is a truism about Budgets – the first day’s assessment is almost pointless, it is the second day … Continue reading

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UK Housing Review sets out the challenges for all the Parties

The annual compendium of housing facts and figures was published yesterday by the Chartered Institute of Housing*. Now in its 23rd edition, it pulls together all of the key housing data and presents it in a digestible format, with lots … Continue reading

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