Worthing council declares a cost of living emergency

Decades of zero investment in council housing, combined with the wealthy buying up second homes and holiday lets, has driven property prices so high that currently, to suggest people on our waiting list look for properties in the private sector is disingenuous Our campaign member Emma Taylor (pictured), Cabinet Member for Citizens Services (which includes … Continue reading Worthing council declares a cost of living emergency

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

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?

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

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

Save the Seven Sisters

Rochdale Council's housing stock was transferred to Rochdale Borough-wide Housing, set up as a mutual, in 2012. Tenants voted by 3 to 1 in favour though the turnout was only 56%. RBH has proposed a 'regeneration' for the College Bank site which involves the demolition of four of the seven tower blocks, known as the … Continue reading Save the Seven Sisters

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

An eye watering need for housing in Falmouth

Reading the article on our MPs’ thoughts on the housing crisis in the Duchy prompted Cllr Jayne Kirkham to find some hard figures for the housing need in Falmouth. Jayne Kirkham is the Leader of the Labour Party group at Cornwall Council, and member for Falmouth Penwerris and a member of the Labour Campaign for … Continue reading An eye watering need for housing in Falmouth

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