Leicester Council declares a housing crisis and calls for an end to Right to Buy

This is taken from a Leicester council newsletter. Radical steps to address the housing crisis in Leicester are being set out in a new action plan by Leicester City Council. The authority is declaring a housing crisis and is calling for urgent action from central Government to ease pressure caused by the growing demand for … Continue reading Leicester Council declares a housing crisis and calls for an end to Right to Buy

Liverpool council resolution on housing emergency

This resolution was passed unanimously at Liverpool Council's meeting last night. Council is appalled at the imposition of rent hikes by private landlords in Liverpool. Councillors and advice organisations are being approached by families who are now having to leave their home because of increased rent. They are at risk of becoming homeless. This is … Continue reading Liverpool council resolution on housing emergency

Labour should commit to ending Right to Buy

Sign our statement Although housing wasn't discussed at the recent Labour conference both the 2019 and 2021 conferences passed housing resolutions which included the call for Labour to commit to ending Right to Buy (RTB). That commitment was included in the 2019 Manifesto. At the 2021 conference Lucy Powell, then Shadow Minister responsible for housing, … Continue reading Labour should commit to ending Right to Buy

“A major expansion of council housing”

“Giving local housing authorities the power to stop council house sales is essential to any hope of dealing with the homelessness crisis” My view is that neither Starmer nor Nandy have any real clue, insight or interest in council housing. The Nandy speech was - frankly - empty rhetoric forgotten before she sat down. Giving … Continue reading “A major expansion of council housing”

Hackney tenants call for rent freeze

A response to the social housing rent consultation I am a housing association tenant living in Hackney, London. I am also the chair of the tenants' and residents' association on the four-landlord estate where I live.At our meetings recently tenants, many of whom are on low incomes, have voiced their serious concerns about making ends … Continue reading Hackney tenants call for rent freeze

Council housing should be Labour’s first housing priority

70% home ownership and 'social housing' as the second housing tenure are conflicting objectives At the recent Labour conference housing did not make it through the Priorities ballot so there was no composite motion debated. The previous four conferences had seen housing coming top in three and second only to the NHS in the other. … Continue reading Council housing should be Labour’s first housing priority

Government social housing rent consultation: deadline October 12th

The deadline for responses to the government's social housing rent consultation is 11.45 p.m. On October 12th. This will determine a maximum rent level for next April's rent increase for 4 million council and housing association tenants in England. Face with the prospect of tenants having a double-digit rent increase the government has recognised that … Continue reading Government social housing rent consultation: deadline October 12th

Right to Buy and “common ownership” are mutually exclusive

“...the idea of a home for life handed on in common ownership to future generations is an idea worth fighting for.” Lisa Nandy What is Labour's position on Right to Buy? Inside Housing reports from the Labour Party conference that “...Ms (Lisa) Nandy was asked at a fringe event where Labour stood on the policy … Continue reading Right to Buy and “common ownership” are mutually exclusive

Government rent consultation: rent freeze required

The government is holding a consultation on its rent policy for 'social housing', i.e. council and housing association homes. It's existing policy is a maximum increase of CPI+1% each year for five years. In the light of the current inflation level (9.9% in August) it says that its policy objective is “to ensure that social … Continue reading Government rent consultation: rent freeze required

Labour Campaign for Council Housing to support ‘Enough is Enough”

The Labour Campaign for Council Housing has agreed to support 'Enough is Enough' and encourage our members to participate in local groups. A lot of them have already signed up under their own steam. Amongst the demands of EiE we are pleased to see support for housing policies that we have campaigned for successfully at … Continue reading Labour Campaign for Council Housing to support ‘Enough is Enough”