Zoom Meeting: Discussion on Local Authority Housing Provision

Saturday April 30th, open 1.45 p.m. For 2 p.m. start Speakers: Janice Morphet/Ben Clifford and Joe Penny Janice Morphet and Ben Clifford have researched direct delivery of housing by councils. They “found that in comparison with 2017 and 2019, the number of councils with companies, which may include housing companies and property companies of various … Continue reading Zoom Meeting: Discussion on Local Authority Housing Provision

Government side-steps decarbonisation and retro-fitting in their Decent Homes Standard review

Part 2 of the government's review of the Decent Homes Standard refuses to incorporate the urgent task of decarbonisation and retro-fitting Britain's social housing stock. Read on below or download a PDF here: dhsreviewpart2Download In its 2020 Social Housing White Paper, published in November 2020, the government committed to “Review the Decent Homes Standard1 to … Continue reading Government side-steps decarbonisation and retro-fitting in their Decent Homes Standard review

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

“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