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Some housing traditions that need reviving

24 June 2008
What keeps you awake at night? For many people the answer is housing. A survey this week found that one in four households are suffering stress or depression because of rising housing costs.

Island Homes demonstration

27 May 2008
Angry residents’ reps from Island Homes on the Isle of Dogs in east London demonstrated against managing director George Sheerin on Wednesday of last week in protest at the sacking of the resident-led board.

Vote on Housing Regeneration Bill

01 April 2008
The government’s Housing and Regeneration Bill was debated in parliament on Monday of this week.

Mortgage madness

19 February 2008
As recession looms and Gordon Brown continues to put his faith in the "free market", hundreds of thousands of people are at risk of losing their homes.

Condemned to a life in a crumbling tower block

05 February 2008
"When we were housed here by the council, we were told we would be here for three weeks," says Jenny, who lives on the seventh floor of All Saints Tower on the Beaumont estate in Leyton, east London.

Defend Council Housing lobby parliament

22 January 2008

Our battle to end the housing crisis

15 January 2008
Campaigners will descend on parliament on Tuesday of next week to lobby MPs as an inquiry takes place to hear evidence and amendments to the government’s Housing and Regeneration Bill.

Join lobby for council housing

08 January 2008
Tenants, trade unionists, councillors and campaigners are set to lobby MPs over the Housing and Regeneration Bill on Tuesday 22 January.

New Labour’s privatisation disasters

04 December 2007
New Labour housing minister Yvette Cooper has claimed the new government plans for housing are "groundbreaking".

Somers Town residents campaign for public land

04 December 2007
Local residents in the Somers Town area of Camden, London are campaigning against the selling off of public land.

Housing bill facts

04 December 2007
The new Housing and Regeneration Bill being pushed through parliament is the latest example of New Labour’s vague promises turning out to be another attack on ordinary people.

The social cleansing of Newcastle

04 December 2007
Like many city centres, the skyline of Newcastle is covered in cranes. There is a huge boom in construction. Apartments and office blocks are rising and falling on the same sites that were the heart of city’s corrupt building boom in the 1960s.

The great housing swindle

04 December 2007
There is wide agreement that Britain is in the grip of a housing crisis and it is likely to get worse. The Housing and Regeneration Bill now before parliament does nothing to address this, but instead proposes policies that could have disastrous consequences.

Brown rules out fourth option as 'simply unaffordable'

27 November 2007
Last week the government dismissed the fourth option of direct investment in council housing as "simply unaffordable".

Gordon Brown has a private agenda on housing

18 September 2007
Gordon brown is faced with a major housing crisis and growing support for the fourth option (direct investment to improve existing and build new council homes). Because of this Brown has announced, ahead of Labour Party conference, £500 million for councils which build homes.

Flood warnings that were ignored by the government

31 July 2007
Hilary Benn, the secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, said earlier this month, "It is vital that we learn lessons now about how to manage and respond to this type of disaster in the future."

Is the government planning a new programme of council house building? The devil it is

31 July 2007
Gordon Brown talks of housing as "one of the great causes of our time". Last week his new government launched its "green paper" discussion document on the issue.

Gordon Brown's housing policy won't solve this crisis

24 July 2007
The government's much heralded green paper on housing was finally released on Monday. Behind ministers' talk of new homes and "social housing", the reality is the same reliance on the market and private finance that created the housing crisis in the first place.

Defend Council Housing anger at Lambeth decision

24 July 2007
Defend Council Housing (DCH) campaigners are angry that Lambeth council in south London has declared that a ballot on the future of the borough’s housing stock was in favour of transfer to an arms length management organisation (Almo).

We need more than warm words to deal with the housing crisis, Mr Brown

17 July 2007
Gordon Brown has promised three million new homes by the end of 2020.

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