Towards a One Nation housing policy

Document type
Paper
Author(s)
Handy, Chris; Gulliver, Kevin
Publisher
Compass
Date of publication
1 July 2013
Series
Thinkpiece; 77
Subject(s)
Housing and Homelessness
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This paper proposes ways in which Labour’s One Nation emblem can encompass social housing. It puts forward interrelated policies that will promote a social housing sector that is flourishing, affordable and fair in contrast to the residualised sector created by housing policies since 1979. One Nation Labour has begun to put flesh on the bones of its housing strategy. But this paper recommends, at a time when the Comprehensive Spending Review proposes further public spending cuts, how policy announcements to date might be extended to ensure that the UK can return to a more economically rational approach to housing: One that supports productive house building, reduces the amount of housing benefit going into the pockets of private landlords and financial institutions, and delivers more affordable homes for a growing population. Alongside, the paper describes how mutualism might be extended into social housing to reduce tenure inequalities and challenge negative portrayals of the sector.

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