No large scale council house building programme without central government grant and an end to RTB

Each year those local authorities with council housing send in a host of statistics relating to their stock to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. Amongst other things they tell us how many homes have been built or bought, how many homes have been sold under right to buy or demolished. I have … Continue reading No large scale council house building programme without central government grant and an end to RTB

Back to the future in local authority housing?

Grant funding, the Housing Revenue Account and Local Housing Companies Martin Wicks (Labour Campaign for Council Housing) and Paul Watt (Birkbeck,University of London & LCCH) are presenting a paper at the 2021 Housing StudiesAssociation Conference - Preparing for the future and learning from the past - onThursday 15th April. Conference information is available here:https://www.housing-studies-association.org/pages/140-hsa-2021-conference The … Continue reading Back to the future in local authority housing?

Right to Buy receipts should only be used to fund council housing

The Labour Campaign for Council Housing believes that Right To Buy should be ended. It has been a disaster. It is one of the main reasons for the acute shortage of council housing1. But so long as the policy remains in place then the receipts from sales should only be used to fund building council … Continue reading Right to Buy receipts should only be used to fund council housing

Regeneration of new Kingshold estate

Pat Turnbull, a council tenant transferred to a housing association, explains the experience of regeneration of her estate in Hackney, and the problems it created.Our New Kingshold estate in Hackney was knocked down and rebuilt in the 1990s. The number of homes was reduced from 800 to 488. While we had been an estate entirely … Continue reading Regeneration of new Kingshold estate

Review of Decent Homes Standard

(To read off-line you can download a PDF ) review-articleDownload A review of the Decent Homes Standard is currently taking place. The Standard is a minimum level below which 'social housing' is not supposed to fall. It was introduced in 2002 because of a huge backlog of maintenance on council homes. Government had starved council … Continue reading Review of Decent Homes Standard

Ten point plan for housing

This is a response to the interim report from the Housing, Transport and Local Government policy Commission of the Labour Party. Joint Submission to the National Policy Forum from theLabour Campaign for Council Housing, Labour Homelessness Campaign, Labour Tenants United, Labour Land Campaign. A meeting attended by representatives from the above four organisations was held … Continue reading Ten point plan for housing

Berwick CLP calls on Labour to commit to large scale council house building programme

At its January meeting Berwick Labour Party overwhelmingly passed our resolution calling for Labour to commit to its 2019 council housing policies and to campaign for the current government to fund a large scale council house building programme. The resolution was passed by 26 votes for, with 1 against and 1 abstention. "Berwick-upon-Tweed CLP is … Continue reading Berwick CLP calls on Labour to commit to large scale council house building programme

South Swindon CLP says no rowing back on Labour council housing policy

South Swindon CLP has passed the following resolution: "This CLP is concerned at signals that the leadership of the Party may be rowing back on our existing housing policy. Shadow Housing Minister Thangam Debbonaire has raised the possibility that Labour might support 100% receipts for councils for Right to Buy sales, instead of ending RTB. … Continue reading South Swindon CLP says no rowing back on Labour council housing policy

Broadland CLP calls on Labour to stick to 2019 council housing policies

Broadland CLP (Norfolk) has passed the following resolution in relation to Labour's housing policy. "This CLP notes that the pandemic has made it impossible to ignore the importance of a stable home. But the housing emergency and government policy is denying too many people this vital foundation. The pandemic has shown the health consequences of … Continue reading Broadland CLP calls on Labour to stick to 2019 council housing policies