The Housing and Planning Bill is a neo-Liberal Assault on the Homeless

Soft Left Politics

This is a contribution to Soft Left Politics by Cllr Sam Stopp, Chair of the Labour Campaign to End Homelessness.

The Housing and Planning Bill is a flagship Tory policy and includes measures to introduce the Right to Buy for Housing Association homes, funded by the sale of high-value council homes, in what amounts to a devastating attack on social housing.

But the Bill does nothing to correct the causes of the five years of failure under the Tories and, in many ways, it will make the housing crisis much worse. The Bill will lead to a huge loss of affordable homes to rent and buy, which will intensify the spiral of ever increasing housing costs.

It also introduces ‘Starter Homes’ in place of affordable housing requirements for new developments. These starter homes are supposed to be an affordable option for first-time buyers. But they are for homes up to…

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Restlessness and Rush of London

Windows into History

st PaulsSnippets 69.  Lydia Sigourney was a popular American poet during the early-mid 19th Century. Although she enjoyed considerable success in her lifetime she is now almost forgotten, perhaps due to the impersonal nature of her work. However, despite largely keeping her own life and her poetry separate, her poetry is descriptive, often beautiful, with depth of thought and great Christian conviction. In 1840 she crossed the Atlantic for a tour of Britain and France, keeping a journal of her travels. This was published in 1842 as Pleasant Memories of Pleasant Lands, a mix of her recollections and the poetry she wrote on her travels, inspired by the places she visited. In London she was overwhelmed by the huge population:

The restlessness and rush of the people, in the most populous parts of London, are among the best helps to a stranger in forming an idea of its magnitude…

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