Author Archives: Kevin Gulliver

The government is failing miserably in the face of a growing UK housing crisis

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While chancellor George Osborne’s Budget yesterday had a strong housing focus, which was welcomed in housing circles, the announcements failed miserably in the face of a growing UK housing crisis.

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It’s never been more fashionable to demonise social housing tenants

If there is a ‘dependency culture’ it exists in the banking and privatised utility sectors.

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A housing policy in disarray

Worryingly for the housing and construction sectors, personnel changes may signal downgrading of housing policy at a time when housing is growing in importance.

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Towards a one nation housing policy

Yesterday the Labour Housing Group published its long-awaited ‘One Nation Housing Policy’ paper – ’50 Policies for Labour’ – beginning the process of providing Labour with a coherent housing strategy for the next General Election.

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We need less corporate socialism for private sector landlords

The UK housing debate is increasingly focused on who the housing system serves: the nation’s needs or vested interests that seek to preserve tenure-based wealth inequalities.

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A challenge to ‘In the Black Labour’: Housing benefit will continue to rise unless we tackle the buy-to-let market

In a follow-up to their 2011 report In the Black Labour, Graeme Cooke, Adam Lent, Anthony Painter and Hopi Sen reaffirm their commitment to fiscal conservatism.

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Welfare reforms are cementing social tenants at the bottom of the economic pile

The picture emerging is one where social tenants are bearing the brunt of welfare reform and worsening austerity. This doesn’t quite gel with the chancellor Osborne’s claim that ‘we’re all in it together’.

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If Osborne’s Help to Buy scheme is a success, another housing market crash may be just around the corner

Despite bits and pieces to encourage provision of a few more affordable homes within the social sector, the big housing news from last week’s budget was that the government is seeking to expand home ownership again after a decline in the number and proportion of homeowners since 2005.

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The economic costs and real life consequences of the social housing crunch

Ahead of the Autumn Statement, Kevin Gulliver looks at the costs – economic and human – of the social housing crunch.

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Towards a ‘One Nation’ housing policy

Kevin Gulliver writes about putting Tenants Mutual at the centrepiece of a ‘One Nation’ housing policy for Ed Miliband and Labour.

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