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!

Grenfell Tower inquiry: “agenda of de-regulation” key

The Fire Brigades Union lawyer for the inquiry has placed central importance on a government “agenda of deregulation, privatisation and marketisation” for causing the disaster. The comments were made as part of the opening statements for Module 6 of Phase 2 of the Grenfell inquiry. Phase 2 is focusing on the causes of the events … Continue reading Grenfell Tower inquiry: “agenda of de-regulation” key

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