The UK’s housing policy is surely madder than Venezuela’s
Ed Miliband’s promise to protect tenants addresses just some of the symptoms of this profound crisis
Its a good headline to Andrew Rawnsley’s article.
It is absolutely true also to say, as Andrew Rawnsley does, that housing is a profound crisis and Mr Milband has touched on “just some of the symptoms”.
This comment is based on the work of more than 50 voluntary organisations’ work done on inner cities communities’ needs and contributions, stretching back to the 1960s.
The voluntary organisations have not been funded by the state or by any other external funder.
The whole work has been done by each organisation taking their own initiatives by spending the volunteers’ own resources and skills.
One of the reasons has been the policy at all levels of the British state to push this central social need off the list of services.
We see that alongside the denial of the social duties on housing, there is an overt admission that the Government of the day is
no longer concealing their aim to do away with socially available health and education services.
Much of the Mainstream Media has known of the ideological lurch ever to a laissez-faire direction.
And the main streams of the “Mainstream Media” have been owned and controlled by those who too believe that social obligations, duties and linked consideration should be scrapped altogether.
For those reasons, it is worth saying that in our view this Andrew Rawnsley article is a rare one for a British mainstream newspaper group to carry.
There should have been thousands of articles like this in the years, decades that have gone on since the social housing decline was launched.
One tell-tale clue as to why the British Media has hidden this profound crisis is the thinking behind the editorial decisions.
We have seen only in the last four weeks the Channel 4 programme “How to get a Council house”
reinforce the ideological line of the likes of Grant Shapps and the ConDem Coalition.
The existing empty properties are being allowed to stay that way.
That emptiness amounts to tens of £Billions in sustainable economic savings by the public.
Perhaps Ed Milband will address the role of local Councils in bring the existing empty properties into social housing use.
In one stroke, a massively multifaceted benefit could be brought about.
Will he do so without any prevarication, hesitation!