The latest from HQN — articles for 2018

HQN blog: Lessons for Labour – a ten-point plan for housing

Fresh from addressing the Labour Housing Group, HQN Chief Executive Alistair McIntosh offers the party some home truths.

“What on earth is the point of the Labour Party if it cannot even oppose the mad disaster of railway privatisation?” That’s what Peter Hitchens wrote in his column in the Mail in 2014. And I agree. Labour has to do what it says on the tin. This means building council houses. Lots of them. So it’s great to see that in 'Housing for the Many' John Healey sets about this task. I really like the question he asks. “What more could a Labour Government do to make affordable housing a first choice, not a last resort?”

He hits the nail on the head. At the Grenfell meetings with Ministers, tenants said they were sick and tired of the stigma they get. Sort this out and we’ll make a big dent in the housing crisis. Let’s not forget you can actually build council houses. But you only get to influence other tenures. So it’s the right place to start. What is the lesson of Brexit? The UK government machine, if you can even call it that, is kaput. Labour will only get to do one thing at most in housing. Let’s build.

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HQN Blog: Taylor Swift says go to the HQN Cymru Annual Summit

Do you have a blank space in your diary? Well here’s a good idea for Wednesday 13 June. Come to our event. It’s in Wales. Why is it there? That’s because Taylor Swift says it’s a “level above beautiful”. Catch her Biggest Weekend show on the I-Player to see how much she liked being there. And you can see this for yourself in real life. It’s worth coming along even if you don’t work in Wales (yet).

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