Tag Archives: Housing and Planning Bill

The Housing Paradox and the Democratic Deficit

I think this post is what’s known as a ‘think piece’  I’m not sure what that means, but it comes in the days after the Housing and Planning Bill ‘passed through’ parliament, like a stomach bug that has messy and … Continue reading

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Dollis Valley: The Housing Bill Foretold

During my US housing road trip last year (and on numerous previous visits) I came to the firm conclusion that US and UK housing policy were converging around a neoliberal axis that spells doom for working class communities in both … Continue reading

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There’s Power in the Union

I’m just back from the AGM of Islington UNISON at the Union Chapel.  I used to be a branch member and was invited to say a few words about Sunday’s national demo against the Housing Bill and the Kill the … Continue reading

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Islington Rises!

Islington (in north London) has an interesting housing history.  In the 1930s and post-war period some of the biggest and best council house building programmes took place under the guise of the radical Finshury Council.  In the 50s and 60s … Continue reading

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Pathway to the Projects

In 1992 I was an intern with a public housing authority in the US (you can tell it was a long time ago because unlike today’s interns, I was paid!) It was a seminal experience. ‘The Projects’ embody a range … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Council Housing

116 years ago today, the Prince of Wales stood near the bandstand at Arnold Circus and officially opened the new Boundary Estate in Bethnal Green. There had been isolated examples of municipal house building before, but this was the first … Continue reading

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Teachers and the Housing Crisis

A few weeks ago I was invited to speak at a regional conference of the National Union of Teachers (NUT).  My main focus was the Housing and Planning Bill, but during the discussion I was reminded of just how much … Continue reading

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