Model resolution on ending Right to Buy

We have done a model resolution which you are welcome to use, for Constituency Labour Parties and for union branches in support of our call for Labour to commit to ending Right to Buy. The text is below. Model resolution for CLPs/Union branchesLabour should commit to ending Right to BuyThis CLP/union branch recognises that one … Continue reading Model resolution on ending Right to Buy

Support from Scotland for ending RTB in England

Mercedes Villalba Scottish MSPs supporting our statement calling for Labour to commit to ending Right to Buy in England have said: “High-quality council housing should be the first option for prospective tenants, rather than being forced into the private rented sector where rents continue to rise and protections are minimal. Right-to-Buy reduces council housing stock … Continue reading Support from Scotland for ending RTB in England

“I agree with Michael Gove Actually”

Carol Hayton and David Hide were, like many Labour members surprised to hear Lisa Nandy saying she agrees with Michael Gove on Right to Buy. We were extremely disappointed to hear Lisa Nandy state that she supported the 'Right To Buy' on the BBC's 'Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg' programme. This disregards the successive conference policy … Continue reading “I agree with Michael Gove Actually”

Reading Council Labour Group calls for Labour to commit to ending RTB

Reading Council Labour Group is the latest one to support our statement calling on Labour nationally to commit to ending Right to Buy. Ellie Emberson (pictured), Lead Member for Housing, Reading Council said: “In Reading, we are building Council houses and using Right to Buy receipts where we can to enhance and increase our stock. … Continue reading Reading Council Labour Group calls for Labour to commit to ending RTB

Hackney South CLP calls for end of Right to Buy

Hackney South & Shoreditch CLP is sending a resolution to the London Labour Party Regional Conference calling for an end to RTB amongst other demands. The resolution reads: "Conference recognises that the severe shortage of social rented housing is at the root of London's housing crisis. We urge the Mayor, the London Assembly and councils … Continue reading Hackney South CLP calls for end of Right to Buy

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

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

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

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

The real obstacle to council house building is the absence of government grant

Martin Wicks says that the key to a large scale council house building programme is central government grant, not borrowing. Ever since Right to Buy was introduced the number of council homes has plummeted. The current government has provided little funding for councils to build homes through their housing revenue accounts. Since 2010 the number … Continue reading The real obstacle to council house building is the absence of government grant