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Schrödinger’s Shared Ownership Flat and the Cladding Scandal
Since 72 people lost their lives in the Grenfell tragedy on 14 June 2017, the cladding and building safety crisis has spiralled.  Estimates vary as to how many households are affected. The End Our Cladding Scandal (EOCS) campaign believes that up to 11 million people are now caught up in the scandal. Luxury flats and social housing alike …
Languishing miles away in temporary accommodation
LONDONERS ARE LANGUISHING IN TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY – WE NEED A RETHINK.   Over the last several months London’s Labour Housing Group has been on a fact-finding mission to discover why out-of-area temporary accommodation is out of control. The findings of our latest research spells out the scale of the challenge we now face and you …
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 …

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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 that is garnering cross-party support.

👥 Find out more in Sam Dalton's latest Red Brick blog.

https://redbrickblog.co.uk/2021/05/is-this-to-be-the-cross-party-decade-of-housing-with-care/
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Labour Housing Group
🧱NEW BLOG🧱

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

Read the latest Red Brick blog by Councillor Sharon Thompson

https://redbrickblog.co.uk/2021/05/raising-exempt-accommodation-standards/
Labour Housing Group
Labour Housing Group
LHG would like to thank Thangam Debbonaire MP for all the work she has done as Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, and wish her well in her new post as Shadow Leader of the Commons.

Thangam brought new energy to the post as well as knowledge and experience, particularly in the field of domestic abuse and housing. She also built bridges between the Front Bench and the various housing campaign groups in and working alongside the Labour Party, making use of their expertise and supporting their campaigning, a great example of mutual benefit.

We're looking forward to meeting and working with Lucy Powell, who I'm sure will pick up the baton with relish.
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Labour Housing Group
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Replacing council tax and stamp duty would be beneficial 76% of households across the UK. There are particular benefits for the poor, nearly 90% of the poorest in society and would add nearly £300 to their average net income - via @redbrickblog

#proportionalpropertytax #fairshare

📲 https://redbrickblog.co.uk/2021/05/council-tax-is-regressive-and-broken-fixing-it-would-be-a-progressive-victory/
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Labour Housing Group
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The Systemic Tory Under Funding of Council Housing

Labour must challenge the Tories under-funding of existing council housing writes Martin Wicks 👥

Read the Labour Campaign for Council Housing case for an overhaul of the way council housing is financed below 👇

#councilhousing #HRA

https://redbrickblog.co.uk/2021/05/the-systemic-tory-under-funding-of-council-housing/

😿 Schrödinger’s #SharedOwnership Flat and the Cladding Scandal 😿

"The building safety crisis has thrown into stark relief that affordability claims for shared ownership are ill-defined at best"

Latest @redbrickblog by @ResourcesShared 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

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Latest @redbrickblog out now 🚀

Read @JackShaw93 discuss his research for @LHGLondon that found London’s local authorities are forced to find homes for homeless families outside their home borough.

#homelessness #housing

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