Category Archives: Housing

The Housing Crisis Weaponised

The government does not intend to solve our housing crisis. Instead it aims to use the housing crisis as a weapon of policy against the beliefs and attitudes that sustain a welfare state. Much of the attack on the welfare … Continue reading

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The new tenants’ movement

One hundred years since the famous Glasgow Rent Strike of 1915 and we’re still battling the same housing crisis. One hundred years ago the Glasgow rent strikers won the right to rent regulation and council housing. In the last thirty years … Continue reading

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Five things the government has done to worsen the housing crisis

1.Wrongly expected the volume builders to deliver for housing need The government expects the volume house builders to deliver the 240,000 extra homes we need each year. And it has cleared every obstacle to ensure the house builders get the … Continue reading

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That starter homes pledge

So the promise of 200,000 starter homes will be fulfilled by ending affordable rented housing on private developments. Instead the Prime Minister has announced that developers can meet their planning gain obligations (known as S106 agreements) by building discounted homes … Continue reading

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The radical roots of Garden Cities

Garden cities figure prominently in government aspirations for house-building these days. They seem to be the politically acceptable face of New Towns.  While garden cities have establishment support, the only really practical solution to the housing shortage – more council … Continue reading

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Generation Rent – it’s time for action

With the launch of his new book about the Tenants’ Movement, Leeds Beckett author and lecturer in housing studies, Dr. Quintin Bradley looks at the pressures on ‘generation rent’ and the emerging signs of a mass popular campaign around the … Continue reading

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