The return of plotlands and prefabs

Geoff Beacon  |  24 February 2017

Reducing planning gain and cutting the cost of building could radically alter Britain’s housing market, writes Geoff Beacon I grew up in Kent in a house built by my father in 1946 on land given as a wedding present. The area had been divided into plots by the landowner and sold off separately. It was …

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An open goal for Labour on housing

Mark Walker  |  14 February 2017

The government’s housing white paper is evolutionary, not revolutionary – and it leaves much ground for Labour to occupy, argues Mark Walker In as much fanfare as the Brexit news cycle will allow the government launched its housing white paper last week – ‘Fixing our broken housing market’. The report got mixed reception and it …

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Open to new ideas, not exploitation

Sarah Hayward  |  8 December 2016

We are dealing with a housing crisis. Tory housing policy has exacerbated that and we’ve seen the market spiral out of control, private renters facing continued hikes and a chronic shortage of social housing for those who need support to access housing. The rise of short-term letting sites like AirBnB has added to the pressure, …

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Social security for the next generation

Christabel Edwards  |  5 September 2016

The new Fabian Society report For Us All provides a timely, and very welcome, reappraisal of social security in the 21st century. Necessarily, it approaches this very human subject from a financial angle, but it is refreshing, nonetheless, to see a serious report using the term ‘social security’ rather than the far more pejorative ‘welfare’. …

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A London for the many

Danny Thorpe  |  17 August 2016

The housing crisis looms large in Greenwich, as it does the rest of London. Unsurprisingly, our most recent residents’ survey highlighted the provision of affordable, decent housing as a priority for many of our residents – people who are new to the borough and people who have lived here for years who wish that their …

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Beyond crisis

Steve Bullock  |  25 July 2016

Local Labour’s imagination and tenacity on housing must continue, writes Steve Bullock It is now a given that London has a ‘housing crisis’ – no one disputes this, and perhaps as a result too few people respond with enough urgency. In fact the situation is beyond crisis – London faces a full-blown housing emergency with 50,000 families in some sort …

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The Housing Act – bad for all Londoners

Jas Athwal  |  20 May 2016

This week marked further disaster for London’s housing crisis. London boroughs, like the council I lead in Redbridge on London’s eastern outer edge, already, sadly, have one of the lowest levels of housing stock in London, a sad but familiar remnant of many years of Tory rule here. Thanks to the Housing and Planning Act, …

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Reclaiming the north

John Healey MP  |  17 May 2016

The most important political event for Labour last year was not Jeremy Corbyn winning the leadership election but our party losing the general election. And our most important political challenge is now to work out how to win in 2020 – a much bigger challenge than who leads Labour. Jeremy was right to talk before …

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Governing Britain: It’s all about the person, not some hypothetical ideal

Alison McGovern MP and Peter Lamb  |  19 April 2016

Nye Bevan, Richard Crossman and Harold Wilson inspire leader of Crawley borough council Peter Lamb’s modern-day battles for more and better housing, he tells chair of Progress Alison McGovern as she tours the country meeting the Labour leaders who are governing Britain Peter: Here in Crawley we are in overall control [but] we’ve got a majority of one, …

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Equality in ownership

Nick Pearce  |  11 April 2016

Housebuilding and taxes must come centre-stage The argument for widely spread asset-ownership is a politically ecumenical one. On the left, a radical tradition of supporting equality in property ownership can be traced back to Tom Paine, via a host of thinkers such as the economist James Meade, the Labour revisionist Douglas Jay, and pre-war social liberals like Leonard …

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