The New Blue: Conservative Social Housing Policy
17/05/2009 3:22 am
Further to the commendable "The New Blue" research piece at:
"A post-Budget YouGov/Daily Telegraph poll put the Conservatives 18 points ahead of Labour. With the prospect of a Tory government looming large, the symbolic importance of a Conservative-controlled capital is not lost on the national party. For anyone keen to know what the next government’s housing policy might be, London has become the Petri dish to examine Conservative power in the 21st century....London is culturing the spores of a radical new Conservative housing politics. Last week Stephen Greenhalgh, the influential leader of Hammersmith & Fulham council, published a blueprint for sweeping deregulation of social housing"
That 76 page blueprint, published by Localis and entitled "Principles for social housing reform" is available here:
Given that the chance of still having a Labour government this time next year is about the same as getting hit by a meteorite, readers may wish to consider what the next Government is thinking now.
The document is well argued and complete with an appendix of all the necessary legislation that will need to be amended or repealed to make it happen. Homework has been done.
An excellent history of social housing is also provided (which may be revisionist or not). All in all a potential white paper in the making and it would be surprising if some, if not much, of the content became policy sometime in the next 10 years.
Definately essential reading for future social housing policy observers. All informed comments welcome, so please do read it before commenting...!
Islington Leaseholder Action Group
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20/05/2009 10:33 am
I don't think it's a given that the Tories will win the election, with confidence in the main parties at a historic low, following the relevations about expense claims - there could well be a protest vote at the next general election, and fringe parties could benefit, such as the Greens, possibly the BNP, the Welsh and Scottish Nationalists could also benefit - the SNP could well win the upcoming by-election in Glasgow caused by the Speaker's retirement/resignation, there could also be a few celeb anti-corruption candidates, Martin Bell and Esther Ranzen have been mentioned in the media
so we could end up with a situation, where the Tories do not gain enough seats to win the election, labour's number of seats will be down too, maybe to a rump of around 200 mps, the Tories not winning enough for an outright majority, Lib Dems probably winning a similar number of seats, or a slight increase, and a larger number of others.
21/05/2009 10:08 am
It doesn’t matter who is in power, what tenants need to practical things done in their homes and community to change things for the better, all which takes money that local authorities don’t have. To put homes and estates right would cost £billions, so where would the Tories find this money if Labour can’t find it. The conservative can talk about change till the proverbial cows come home; after all, words are easy to come by it seems. Deeds, however, are a different kettle of fish. Action speaks volumes.