Is this to be the cross-party decade of housing-with-care?
Growing calls for 2020s to be the “decade of housing-with-care” as new task force awaits At the end of March, more than 40 MPs, Peers, charity and private sector leaders joined forces to urge the Prime Minister to make the 2020s the “decade of housing-with-care”. The signatories to the open letter – who included Labour politicians, such as …
Raising Exempt Accommodation Standards
As the cabinet member for housing at the UK's largest local authority, one thing I quickly learned was that it's not simply enough to assume that a roof over someone's head solves all their problems. Tackling homelessness is of course very high on the agenda, but the quality of accommodation and the support on offer is also key. …
Council Tax is regressive and broken, fixing it would be a progressive victory
New polling by the Fairer Share campaign hints at the huge potential gains in store for a party that is brave enough to reform our broken property taxes. With local elections around the corner, four out of ten people would consider switching their vote to a party pledging to replace council tax with a fairer property tax system with …
The Systemic Tory Under Funding of Council Housing
Housing Revenue Accounts (HRAs) manage council housing. They receive no subsidy. Their income is overwhelmingly from tenants' rent and service charges; 94% of the collective income of all HRAs. The quality of the homes, and hence the living conditions of tenants, depends upon key housing components (bathrooms, kitchens, central heating, roofs etc) being renewed in good time. If …
The Crisis of Employment and Pay: A housing association’s perspective
Introduction The last year has heralded massive changes to the way we live and work. Millions of those in work have seen huge changes in the way they do their jobs, learning how to reduce Covid risks in the workplace, or carry out their job from home via video calls and remote working. Millions of others, however, have …
Surviving Student Accommodation Landlords
Students often experience some of the worst housing conditions in the country, yet their voices are often marginalised and ignored. The issue has worsened, to the extent that student housing has essentially become a joke, with various popular culture depictions portraying the often disgusting conditions in which students are forced to live. Fresh Meat provides a prime example …
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In-Conversation with Rosie Carter @hopenothate talking about Building Hopeful Towns:
Tackle exploitative landlords who provide the slum housing that pulls communities down
Bring the community together to make the streets safe and clean
Fund councils/ local groups to do this
Congratulations to @LHGLondon chair Sem Moema @Semakaleng who had an impressive victory to become London Assembly Member for the North East constituency! Sem’s experience, dedication and passion for social justice will make her a great assembly member! https://t.co/LgqPXqpkAK