By Christopher Holmes
In 1945 the Labour govt got down to permit all people to have an honest domestic, the place humans from all walks of existence may possibly dwell jointly. This dream was once destroyed by way of a succession of avoidable errors and virtually all people now turns out to think that it really is most unlikely to rediscover that imaginative and prescient. This publication demanding situations that fatalism, tracing the coverage error that experience given upward thrust to this inequitable country from the folly of mass housing to the unfair tax privileges of many house owners. Holmes describes and advocates a brand new imaginative and prescient for the recent millennium, discovering suggestions variously in improvement, making plans, monetary constructions, social reform, and political reassessment to slender the space among wealthy and terrible and permit humans in all housing tenures to ultimately have a choice.
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The growth of home ownership has brought many benefits to the great majority of people who have bought their homes. It is the tenure of choice for most people who can afford to buy, except younger people who do not expect to stay in the same accommodation for more than a short period and prefer to rent from a private landlord. As well as the benefits of being able to choose where to live, and being able to decide on any improvements and extensions, most homeowners benefited for many years from mortgage tax relief, and almost all have gained from the rising value of their capital assets.
Tenants felt disempowered and became increasingly angry. Not surprisingly those who were already hostile to council housing seized on these problems. In the mid 1970s the Conservative Party was becoming increasingly critical of what it saw as the excessive power of the state. Council housing was a prime target. Politicians ignored the role that an earlier Conservative Government had played in the promotion of high-density housing estates and untested industry building systems, and launched virulent attacks on the incompetence of Labour-controlled local authorities.
What is too often a real failure is the lack of adequate support for vulnerable tenants, in helping them to sustain their tenancy successfully and in mediating where there are conflicts with neighbours. What is a serious cause of concern is the huge difference that now exists between owners and renters. There is physical segregation, with most owners living in low-density suburbs or rural communities, and many tenants living in high-density urban estates, and differences in the quality of homes and the desirability of neighbourhoods are substantial.
A New Vision for Housing by Christopher Holmes