The threat of mass homelessness

https://www.worthingwestlabour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/178/2021/07/49637413_1121926094655990_3790063039605112832_n-600x600-c-default.jpg Emma Taylor (pictured), Labour spokesperson for housing on Worthing Council moved a resolution on the threat of mass homelessness at the Joint Strategic Committee of the council. Here is the text of her speech. The resolution was rejected by the Conservative ruling group. Good evening all and thank you for the opportunity to attend … Continue reading The threat of mass homelessness

Time to end “Affordable rent”

Inside Housing has reported that housing association tenants are struggling to cope with the higher rents charged by landlords for so-called “affordable rent”. There's no reason to suspect that council tenants are any different. Read on below or download a PDF here ar-againDownload So-called affordable rent (AR) was introduced by the coalition government as part … Continue reading Time to end “Affordable rent”

NAO report: regulation of private rented sector “not effective” shock!

“The Department is not proactive in supporting local authorities to regulate effectively.” “The private rented sector in England has grown to house more than 4.4 million households, and there is evidence that a concerning proportion live in unsafe or insecure conditions with limited ability to exercise their rights.” National Audit Office, Regulation of private renting … Continue reading NAO report: regulation of private rented sector “not effective” shock!

Grenfell Tower inquiry: “agenda of de-regulation” key

The Fire Brigades Union lawyer for the inquiry has placed central importance on a government “agenda of deregulation, privatisation and marketisation” for causing the disaster. The comments were made as part of the opening statements for Module 6 of Phase 2 of the Grenfell inquiry. Phase 2 is focusing on the causes of the events … Continue reading Grenfell Tower inquiry: “agenda of de-regulation” key

Declaring a housing emergency – move this model resolution at your clp

Labour should be holding the government's feet to the fire over the housing emergency To read off-line download a PDF here post-conference-model-resolutionDownload In the priorities ballot to determine what issues would be discussed at the Labour conference housing once again was voted top priority by the constituency parties. The housing composite motion was voted through … Continue reading Declaring a housing emergency – move this model resolution at your clp

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