London’s affordable homes programme 2021

The increase in social rent homes is insufficient to compensate for losses from RTB and demolitions The London component of the funding from the government's Affordable Homes Programme for five years, beginning in 2021, has just been announced. It's an improvement insofar as there is more funding for social rent council homes than previously. Thankfully … Continue reading London’s affordable homes programme 2021

An eye watering need for housing in Falmouth

Reading the article on our MPs’ thoughts on the housing crisis in the Duchy prompted Cllr Jayne Kirkham to find some hard figures for the housing need in Falmouth. Jayne Kirkham is the Leader of the Labour Party group at Cornwall Council, and member for Falmouth Penwerris and a member of the Labour Campaign for … Continue reading An eye watering need for housing in Falmouth

Funding for genuinely decent homes – the Decent Homes Standard Review

The Decent Homes Standard which applies to social housing and vulnerable tenants in the private sector is undergoing a government review. It was announced in the Social Housing White Paper which said that “If the evidence demonstrates that we need to revise the Standard, we will consider the strategic, economic and management case for new … Continue reading Funding for genuinely decent homes – the Decent Homes Standard Review

Help to Buy drives the widening gulf between house prices and earnings

In a recent letter to the Swindon Advertiser I quoted the price of a median house in Swindon increasing to £230,000. Since then I have found the statistics of prices for existing dwellings and new builds. The increase in Swindon for both types is extraordinary. In September 2020 the median new build house was £339,000, … Continue reading Help to Buy drives the widening gulf between house prices and earnings

BFAWU (Bakers Union) affiliates to the Labour Campaign for Council Housing

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union has affiliated to the Labour Campaign for Council Housing. General Secretary Sarah Woolley told us: “The union the executive discussed the importance of council housing, the maintenance of them, and the impact that selling off council housing has had on the ability of our members to benefit from … Continue reading BFAWU (Bakers Union) affiliates to the Labour Campaign for Council Housing

Briefing: improving the decent homes standard requires funding

The government is reviewing the DHS, ostensibly to assess whether or not it needs to be improved. It appears, however, that it is trying to avoid the thorny question of funding. If you are considering improving the standard there is a financial cost. Councils could not implement improvements without additional funding. The review, whatever the … Continue reading Briefing: improving the decent homes standard requires funding

Queen’s speech: planning reforms denounced as ‘complete disaster’

From Local Government Chronice Planning reforms included in today’s Queen’s speech have been denounced as a “complete disaster in the making” that will lead to "more slum housing built to maximise profits" by one of the country's leading sector bodies. The government today said a planning bill will create a “simpler, faster and more modern … Continue reading Queen’s speech: planning reforms denounced as ‘complete disaster’