“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”

Rent freeze for tenants?

This is a discussion article by Martin Wicks. Faced with the possibility of an 8% rent increase next year for 'social housing' tenants, how can we campaign against it, and what should we demand? What do you think? Council and housing association tenants can expect a 4.1% rent increase in April this year. After 4 … Continue reading Rent freeze for tenants?

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

Social cleansing of homeless families and Bromley Council

Dermot McKibbin reports on social cleansing in Bromley and the decision of a Tory council to reopen a housing revenue account. The Conservative Party in Bromley owes an apology to local taxpayers, homeless families rehoused into Kent, applicants on its rehousing list and the Conservative MP for Medway. The political decision to sell off the … Continue reading Social cleansing of homeless families and Bromley Council

Building Back Much Better: breaking through the inertia

With Leeds West the latest CLP to pass a motion calling for a Declaration of a Housing Emergency and government funding for a significant increase in the rate of delivery of social rent council homes, it is clear that there is a huge level of support within our Party for a call for action to … Continue reading Building Back Much Better: breaking through the inertia

New Labour’s culpability for the housing crisis

“At the end of New Labour's 13 years in government there were 655,000 less 'social homes' than when they were first elected.” Keir Starmer recently told Labour members that they should be proud of what the Blair government achieved. What did it achieve in relation to housing? If you examine New Labour's record there is … Continue reading New Labour’s culpability for the housing crisis

Leicester Labour Group supports declaring a housing emergency

Supporters of the Labour Campaign for Council Housing moved a resolution at Leicester Council's ruling Labour Group proposing that the council Declare a Housing Emergency (along the lines of our model resolution for CLPs). Prior to that Leicester West CLP had passed our resolution and sent it off to the Group. The resolution at the … Continue reading Leicester Labour Group supports declaring a housing emergency

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!