‘Press-ganged’ Generation Rent: youth homelessness, precarity and poverty in East London

This is an interesting paper by campaign supporter Paul Watt, based on interviews with young people in East London. It highlights the relationship between low paid and precarious work and housing insecurity. For many of these people the expensive private rented sector is beyond their means. “The paper illustrates the interlinkages between employment and housing … Continue reading ‘Press-ganged’ Generation Rent: youth homelessness, precarity and poverty in East London

Labour should demand the government funds large scale council housing programme and ends right to buy

The Labour Campaign for Council Housing, the Labour Homelessness Campaign and Labour Tenants United have written a joint letter to Thangam Debbonaire (Shadow Secretary of State for Housing and Homelessness) expressing concerns about Labour's Housing policy. It calls on the Party to press the government to fund a large scale council house building programme and … Continue reading Labour should demand the government funds large scale council housing programme and ends right to buy

Labour should pressure the government to make a U-turn on council house funding

The Labour Campaign for Council Housing is asking Constituency Labour Parties to write to Labour's Leader and Deputy Leader calling on them to demand that the government funds a new council house building programme now, as a matter of urgency. Can you also ask your Labour MP to contact the leadership to press them on … Continue reading Labour should pressure the government to make a U-turn on council house funding

‘Not too late’ to stop eviction deluge, say Big Issue, Shelter and others in joint letter

A growing alliance of housing organisations, politicians, trade unions,Black Lives Matter and anti-racism campaigns and others have written tothe Prime Minister today, calling for urgent Government intervention toavoid escalating evictions and homelessness. The letter says ‘Government can still act to avert the pending disasterfacing tens of thousands of renters across the UK.     It’s not … Continue reading ‘Not too late’ to stop eviction deluge, say Big Issue, Shelter and others in joint letter

Why I’ve joined the Labour Campaign for Council Housing

Nottingham City Councillor, Phil Jackson As a new local councillor in Nottingham I am aware of the national crisis in housing and the unmet housing need of an increasing number of local people waiting on the housing list and in expensive private rented accommodation. We desperately need to invest & build many more affordable homes, … Continue reading Why I’ve joined the Labour Campaign for Council Housing

Why is the work of the Labour Land Campaign so relevant to the work of the Labour Campaign for Council Housing?

Heather Wetzel, Chair of the Labour Land Campaign puts the case for a Land Value Tax We need land for homes, we can’t build them in the sky!!! Background The Labour Land Campaign (LLC) is a broad left organisation that advocates the collection of land wealth which is only created from our combined demand to … Continue reading Why is the work of the Labour Land Campaign so relevant to the work of the Labour Campaign for Council Housing?

What’s wrong with Boris Johnson’s building plans?

Carol Hayton answers the question. On 30th June yet another meaningless slogan was plastered across the Downing Street lectern in an attempt to convince the British public that Boris Johnson’s government is moving forward with a recovery plan. The ‘Build Build Build’ sticker seemed to have been applied at a slightly lopsided angle, giving the … Continue reading What’s wrong with Boris Johnson’s building plans?

Local government’s “existential crisis” – a letter to Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner

Dear Keir and Angela Debt cancellation is a necessary part of the solution of the local authority funding crisis to prevent a new phase of austerity We are writing to you in relation to the deepening crisis of local government funding, which is spiralling out of control. We believe that we are rapidly reaching the … Continue reading Local government’s “existential crisis” – a letter to Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner

LGA housing report – the good, the bad and the ugly

Councils already play a vital role in housing supply as planning and housing authorities, as partners with house builders and registered providers, as direct builders, as providers of homes for the most vulnerable and as local place leaders. However, the planning for the “new normal” provides a unique opportunity for the sector to release its … Continue reading LGA housing report – the good, the bad and the ugly

Labour consultation: Coronavirus and the future of local government

Labour's latest batch of policy consultation documents have been published. We are disappointed to note that the consultation for the Housing Transport and Local Government policy commission document does not contain any discussion question on either transport or housing. Two really important issues to discuss in the current crisis. But undeterred, the Labour Campaign for … Continue reading Labour consultation: Coronavirus and the future of local government