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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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