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

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

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

Labour Party conference fringe meeting

If you are in Brighton for the Labour conference come along to our fringe meeting on the Sunday. You can download a leaflet here: lcch-a5-16-09-21-final-2Download If you are a delegate make sure you vote for housing in the priorities ballot which will determine what is discussed in the conference.

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

Help to Buy drives the widening gulf between house prices and earnings

In a recent letter to the Swindon Advertiser I quoted the price of a median house in Swindon increasing to £230,000. Since then I have found the statistics of prices for existing dwellings and new builds. The increase in Swindon for both types is extraordinary. In September 2020 the median new build house was £339,000, … Continue reading Help to Buy drives the widening gulf between house prices and earnings

Model resolution for Labour conference

If you are a Labour member we would ask you to consider moving this resolution at your CLP and sending it to the Labour conference this year as your CLP's resolution. It calls on Labour to demand of the government that it funds the building of 100,000 social rent council homes a year and ending … Continue reading Model resolution for Labour conference