Housing and planning expert Duncan Bowie has produced a blueprint for Labour Party housing policy in a new publication that argues for an integrated approach on land, taxation, planning and public investment to provide radical solutions to the growing crisis.
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The ILP has launched a new pamphlet based on its Unbalanced Britain seminar on the housing crisis held in Leeds in March this year.
The Labour left today could do with a few members like Ada Salter, the quietly-spoken, peace-loving ILPer whose pioneering work transformed south-east London in the early decades of the 20th century. MATTHEW BROWN attended the first Ada Salter Day.
There have been many reasons in recent weeks to yearn for a different kind of left, and a different kind of Labour Party. The inaugural Ada Salter Day provided yet more cause to reflect on what a committed, campaigning, credible and radically-minded Labour movement can achieve, at its best, and how much is now under threat from its current sad state and potential demise.
In November 2015 Labour’s Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton launched the Building Homes for Britain report. Here, its researcher and editor SIMON JOSE outlines the report’s core ideas and explains why a complete rethink of housing policy is needed.
For decades the housing market has trundled towards the chaotic state it is in today. With house prices rocketing, especially in London, a largely unregulated private rented sector and restrictions on building affordable homes, that crisis is now at boiling point.
The government’s housing policies are aimed directly at people with the fewest resources and the lowest resistance, says ELLEN ROBOTTOM – which means community campaigns such as hers are more vital than ever.
In his discussion of the Housing and Planning Bill, Dr Quintin Bradley explored an increasingly familiar characteristic of ‘welfare’ policy: namely, that it functions as both an economic and ideological intervention – replacing collective values with a notion of ‘fairness’ defined as paying one’s own way in the private market.
The government does not intend to solve our housing crisis, says QUINTIN BRADLEY. Instead it is using it as a weapon of policy against the beliefs and attitudes that sustain the welfare state.
“It’s clear the Tories are destroying the welfare state and we have to do whatever we can to stop them,” said ILP chair David Connolly as he drew the organisation’s well-attended Unbalanced Britain seminar on the housing crisis to a close in Leeds last weekend.
Connolly’s cry for action came at the end of a day of discussion about the Tories’ Housing & Planning Bill and all aspects of Britain’s hideously unequal, market-driven approach to housing.
You have one week left to book your place at the ILP’s next Unbalanced Britain seminar, Housing in Crisis, to be held in Leeds on Saturday 5 March.
The impressive line-up of speakers includes Dr Quintin Bradley, senior lecturer in planning and housing at Leeds Beckett University, Fabian Hamilton, Labour MP for Leeds North East and author of Building Homes For Britain, and Ellen Robottom from Hands off our Homes. The one-day workshop will examine the implications of the Tory Housing Bill and look at what’s happening to housing in Britain today.
The Tory Housing Bill and Britain’s housing crisis will be the subject of the ILP’s next Unbalanced Britain meeting in Leeds on Saturday 5 March with Dr Quintin Bradley, Fabian Hamilton MP and Ellen Robottom from Hands off our Homes.
The life of ILPer Mary Barbour will be centre stage at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre in November when a heralded play about the 1915 rent strikes returns to the city to mark the centenary of that historic struggle.