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

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