[Diggers350] Sat17Mar LONDON rally & National Homes for Britain campaign

Simon Fairlie chapter7 at tlio.org.uk
Sat Feb 7 12:40:57 GMT 2015

A rally for more homes would be good, but do we need  to build them —  
or liberate them? This campaign is led by some dodgy outfits  
including the Home Builders Federation, who build crappy housing  
estates on land that they have monopolized, and the Royal Town  
Planning Institute, who enable them to do so.


On 6 Feb 2015, at 23:10, Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk  
[Diggers350] wrote:

> Homes for Britain
> http://homesforbritain.org.uk/about-us/
> Our campaign brings together all those who believe everyone has a  
> right to a decent affordable home to call their own. Our support  
> comes from people across the country and we’ve joined forces with  
> organisations from every corner of the housing world.
> Why are we doing this?
> For decades we have failed to build enough new homes. We are  
> currently only building half the number we need every year. The  
> statistics are concerning but behind them are those stories that  
> have become the fabric of modern British life. We all know them.
> Many of us can’t start a family because we can’t afford to move.
> Many adults still live with parents, our first home still a distant  
> dream.
> Many of us live in overcrowded homes, struggle to afford to keep a  
> roof over our heads, or even become homeless.
> The housing crisis is affecting people from all walks of life and  
> all parts of the country.
> Why now?
> The time has come to end the housing crisis. For the sake of the  
> next generation we must act now.
> The General Election 2015 offers that opportunity to show  
> politicians that the public want to see solutions to build the  
> homes we need and take action until everyone has a decent  
> affordable home.
> What are we asking for?
> We are calling on all political parties to commit to end the  
> housing crisis within a generation.
> This will require real action that starts now and doesn’t stop  
> until everyone has a decent affordable home to call their own.
> We want the next government to publish a long-term plan for housing  
> within a year of taking office that sets out how they will end the  
> housing crisis within a generation.
> So we’ll speak with one voice.
> We’ll demand our politicians ensure we’re building the homes we  
> need to end the housing crisis.
> We’ll tell them that we expect them continue to take action until  
> everyone has a decent affordable home.
> Our supporters?
> As well as the support of people across the country the Homes for  
> Britain campaign brings together organisations from every corner of  
> the housing world.
> It is led by eight organisations:
> National Housing Federation
> Chartered Institute of Housing
> Crisis
> Home Builders Federation
> National House Building Council
> Royal Institute of British Architects
> Residential Landlords Association
> Royal Town Planning Institute
> Hundreds of other housing organisations are actively involved in  
> the campaign. These include everyone from Shelter and Generation  
> Rent to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Town and  
> Country Planning Association.
> The housing crisis can be solved, we just need leadership
> http://homesforbritain.org.uk/housing-crisis-can-solved-just-need- 
> leadership/
> “I often joke that since buying property is so far out of my reach  
> I’m actually quite lucky. I’ve been spared the agony of it all,  
> from the harsh realisation of what your average industry wages can  
> afford you, to the powerlessness of not knowing how to improve your  
> lot. That said, media headlines warning of property bubbles and  
> phenomenal prices for a windowless, shoebox on the side of a  
> roundabout do remind me of the situation very often. It’s my  
> friends who I feel sorry for; mainly the couples looking to make  
> the move to settle down and scrambling desperately to ‘get on the  
> ladder’ and build their lives here.
> “I think given the spiralling state of the situation here in London  
> it is virtually impossible for a single person to attempt to buy  
> anywhere on their own and do so without some financial backing  
> (whether that’s help from parents or selling a kidney). I wouldn’t  
> even know where to begin to try to make it a possibility in the  
> immediate future. Housing is one of the biggest problem this  
> capital faces; not only is it detrimental to its future, but also  
> to the potential of its community as people get squeezed out.  
> London is not just an economic hub for a myriad of industries, it  
> is an incredible city where a whole mix of people live together –  
> it has something for everyone and it should stay that way.
> “There are solutions available – whether that’s sensible,  
> environmentally sound, affordable house building initiatives, or  
> straight-forward rent capping/monitoring systems – but I think  
> we’re suffering a distinct lack of leadership and ultimately  
> compassion from those who are paid to deal with this.”
> Written by Kasia Murphy | Posted on 6th February 2015
> Kasia is 27, works in PR and lives in London in a house share with  
> friends
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