Local Authority housing provision

This is a video of a zoom meeting, with speakers Janice Morphet/Ben Clifford and Joe Penny. Janice and Ben have researched direct delivery of housing by local authorities through different vehicles; Housing Revenue Account and different forms of private Local Housing Companies. Joe has carried out research into Local Housing Companies in London. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNUCS2Qq3Ww

The government should end “affordable rent”and Right to Buy

This is a letter to Michael Gove in response to his speech at a Shelter in which he said that he would look at ways to produce more social rent homes. These comments are welcome but if you seriously want to see a big increase in the building of social rent homes then it is … Continue reading The government should end “affordable rent”and Right to Buy

Zoom Meeting: Discussion on Local Authority Housing Provision

Saturday April 30th, open 1.45 p.m. For 2 p.m. start Speakers: Janice Morphet/Ben Clifford and Joe Penny Janice Morphet and Ben Clifford have researched direct delivery of housing by councils. They “found that in comparison with 2017 and 2019, the number of councils with companies, which may include housing companies and property companies of various … Continue reading Zoom Meeting: Discussion on Local Authority Housing Provision

Government side-steps decarbonisation and retro-fitting in their Decent Homes Standard review

Part 2 of the government's review of the Decent Homes Standard refuses to incorporate the urgent task of decarbonisation and retro-fitting Britain's social housing stock. Read on below or download a PDF here: dhsreviewpart2Download In its 2020 Social Housing White Paper, published in November 2020, the government committed to “Review the Decent Homes Standard1 to … Continue reading Government side-steps decarbonisation and retro-fitting in their Decent Homes Standard review

Homes for Lambeth is “part of the problem”

Labour Party member and tenant activist Georgina Schueller, says Homes for Lambeth, the council owned private company, is part of the problem, not the solution of the housing crisis.This was her short speech to a council Cabinet meeting recently. I haven’t had time to scrutinize your figures across all small sites which are quite opaque … Continue reading Homes for Lambeth is “part of the problem”

Time to end the use of (un)affordable rent

Penhill Estate in Swindon The government’s affordable rent product, introduced a decade ago, means some tenants are being fleeced for no good reason other than they can be and it has to stop, argues Martin Wicks From Inside Housing Recently, I discovered that a tenant living in a three-bedroom house on Penhill, a 1950s council estate … Continue reading Time to end the use of (un)affordable rent

“None so deaf as those who will not hear”

Housing Association Riverside`s runaround and doing right thing A Carlilse councillor who made a phone call to Riverside Housing Association said the runaround he got from that Liverpool organisation reminded him of the phrase “none so deaf as those who will not hear”. The councillor said he made the call on behalf of a constituent … Continue reading “None so deaf as those who will not hear”

Labour Homelessness Campaign launches action on temporary accommodation

By Andrea Gilbert The housing crisis in the UK is set to get worse as 95,000 households, including 120,000 children, are becoming stuck in temporary accommodation. There are many problems with temporary accommodation: overcrowding, repairs, the length of time people are left there and people being put as far as 200 miles away from their … Continue reading Labour Homelessness Campaign launches action on temporary accommodation