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Tests to judge any new Labour housing plans

12 June 2007
Gordon Brown is coming under intense pressure to concede the "fourth option" for council housing – direct investment to fund improvements as an alternative to privatisation. This would challenge the other three options of stock transfer, arm’s length management (Almos) and the private finance initiative.

Facts about housing for the poor and the rich

12 June 2007
Children One in seven children is growing up homeless or badly housed. There are 955,000 children trapped in overcrowded housing.

Tower Hamlets housing scandal

05 June 2007
Gordon Brown and the contenders for deputy leadership of the Labour Party might be making soothing noises about council housing – but the New Labour council in Tower Hamlets, east London, is determined to press ahead with privatisation.

We need decent housing for all

05 June 2007
Housing is the biggest headache affecting us all. Fewer and fewer people can afford to buy a home. Those who try find themselves deeper and deeper in debt.

Gordon Brown has no solution to housing shortage

22 May 2007
Gordon Brown, who is currently touring the country in the run-up to his anointment as Labour leader, last week outlined his "vision" for housing.

Online petition from Defend Council Housing

17 April 2007
Defend Council Housing has set up an online petition on the prime minister’s website to show the depth of anger at the government’s policy of handing over council homes to private landlords.

Swansea sinks council house sell-off

31 March 2007
Council tenants in Swansea have delivered a resounding no to the council’s plans to transfer its entire housing stock to a private limited company.

Swansea votes against council house transfer

24 March 2007
Council tenants in Swansea have delivered a resounding no to the council's plans to transfer their entire housing stock to a private limited company.

Open letter demands direct investment in public housing

10 March 2007
Open letter to government Ministers and Camden councillors

Housing campaigners crank up heat on the government

03 March 2007
The government’s housing strategy lurched further into crisis last week as tenants, local councillors, trade unionists and MPs came together in defence of council housing.

Disappointment for New Labour from Hills report on council housing

03 March 2007
Spin doctors in Ruth Kelly’s department for communities and local government went into overdrive last week to suggest that a report by Professor John Hills would back their plans for an attack on the principles of council housing.

No place like home?

03 March 2007
A recent report looking at newly built homes found that a startling 40 percent were of a poor standard and that just 8 percent of the developments could be classed as good or very good. Why is it that in the 21st century we still do not have decent homes?

Lambeth tenants’ meeting

24 February 2007
Some 150 people attended a tenants’ meeting in Lambeth in south London on Saturday of last week to organise against the local Almo.

Almo plans in disarray

24 February 2007
One of the main planks of the government’s housing policy is the use of Arms legnth management organisations (Almos). This policy is now in crisis.

Tower Hamlets tenants win injunction against housing sell off

24 February 2007
Tenants on the Parkside estate in Tower Hamlets, east London, have won an injunction preventing the Labour council completing the sell-off of more than 2,000 council homes to a subsidiary of the housing association Circle Anglia.

Saying no to council house transfer in Brighton and Manchester

17 February 2007
Council tenants in Brighton and Manchester are to vote this week on whether to hand over control of their homes to private companies. The ballots affect over 18,000 homes.

Tenants vote no to transfer in Taunton Deane and Tower Hamlets

06 January 2007
Tenants in Taunton Deane, Somerset, are celebrating victory after defeating proposals to transfer their council houses in a ballot last month. The results of the ballot showed a clear rejection of the transfer proposals—69 percent voted no on a 69 percent turnout.

Two more housing ballot victories

09 December 2006
Two thumping victories for council tenants underline the continuing political backlash against housing privatisation.

Forty years after Cathy Come Home, homelessness is still a blight

25 November 2006
Cathy Come Home is arguably the most important piece of drama ever shown on British television. It was first broadcast 40 years ago on 16 November 1966 in the Wednesday Play primetime slot.

Evicted director Brian Woods on documenting today’s housing catastrophe

25 November 2006
As part of the BBC’s No Home series looking at homelessness in Britain today, Brian Woods’s documentary Evicted follows the stories of three young women as their families are made homeless.

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