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Our society has lost control of housing – here's how to get it back

Our society has lost control of housing – here's how to get it back

The housing market works for neither renters nor homeowners, but community-led schemes and keeping land public could helpWhen community action is matched with local democratic powers we can halt big
I grew up in a London council block – it was a wonderful place to call home | Basia Cummings

I grew up in a London council block – it was a wonderful place to call home | Basia Cummings

The community in my family’s block was warm, thriving and diverse. But because residents are often poor, their concerns are frequently ignoredAt the foot of this blackened and devastating emblem of
an urban arrival lobby for migrants empowers amsterdam as a city of integration

an urban arrival lobby for migrants empowers amsterdam as a city of integration

equipped with the right political and architectural infrastructure, wittenburg could become a unique welcoming ‘red carpet’ for amsterdam’s new arrivals. The post an urban arrival lobby for migrants
Grenfell Tower fire: was Tory austerity to blame or do problems date back to Blair?

Grenfell Tower fire: was Tory austerity to blame or do problems date back to Blair?

Jeremy Corbyn has linked tragedy to Conservative spending cuts but PM says matter has arisen after decades of neglect Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have clashed over whether the tragic deaths of 80
inhabit arq’s social housing project brings life to the low density neighborhoods of barcelona

inhabit arq’s social housing project brings life to the low density neighborhoods of barcelona

inhabit arq's community project is constructed in clay-toned concrete and reflects the pre-existing industrial huts. The post inhabit arq’s social housing project brings life to the low density
Rita, Sue and Bob today: Andrea Dunbar's truths still haunt us

Rita, Sue and Bob today: Andrea Dunbar's truths still haunt us

Dunbar’s bleakly funny tale of a menage a trois captured 80s austerity. What can her defiant heroines tell audiences today? ‘This is life,” Andrea Dunbar told the Yorkshire Post in 1987, defending the
Finding solutions to the UK’s housing crisis | Letters

Finding solutions to the UK’s housing crisis | Letters

Readers respond to Britain’s chronic shortage of affordable housing with solutions of their ownLarry Elliott suggests five steps to fix the housing market (Britain’s broken housing market – and how to
Grenfell firefighter: MPs should be dragged to look at tower’s shell

Grenfell firefighter: MPs should be dragged to look at tower’s shell

Lucy Masoud blames tragedy on austerity and says decision makers don’t care about social housing tenants MPs should be “dragged” from parliament to see Grenfell Tower’s shell as a reminder of how
The wrecking ball swings at Moscow – a photo essay

The wrecking ball swings at Moscow – a photo essay

A mass demolition of Russia’s iconic Khrushchevka apartments will leave 2 million people with no choice about their next home. So why did so many approve it?Moscow is enduring one of its periodic
The wrecking ball swings at Moscow – a photo essay

The wrecking ball swings at Moscow – a photo essay

A mass demolition of Russia’s iconic Khrushchevka apartments will leave 2 million people with no choice about their next home. So why did so many approve it?Moscow is enduring one of its periodic
terracotta-clad social housing and restaurant in paris by PERIPHERIQUES

terracotta-clad social housing and restaurant in paris by PERIPHERIQUES

peripheriques architectes' aim for the social housing project is to compose with the existing, to densify the plot and to redefine the urban skyline of the building. The post terracotta-clad social
What England needs is more affordable houses, not universal credit | Peter Hetherington

What England needs is more affordable houses, not universal credit | Peter Hetherington

The botched rollout of universal credit has led to £1.3m in council rental arrears in Newcastle, the city where I, Daniel Blake was set. Ministers are making the housing crisis worseAcross the road

Canadians in “housing need” will soon get $2,500 a year from the government

The Federal government has pledged to invest $4 billion to create a new housing subsidy of sorts geared towards families and individuals in “housing need”. Canadians who either live in social housing
Universal credit changes won't help anyone feel more secure about renting | Giles Peaker

Universal credit changes won't help anyone feel more secure about renting | Giles Peaker

Government changes to the controversial benefit are a sticking plaster, rather than an answer to the problems of rent arrears and evictions Pressure has been building for months on the government over
London suburbs set for housing boom as Sadiq Khan relaxes rules

London suburbs set for housing boom as Sadiq Khan relaxes rules

Mayor plans to build more than 250,000 new homes in capital’s 13 outer suburbs, more than double the current rate London’s suburbs are braced for a wave of construction after the mayor, Sadiq Khan,
Four in 10 right-to-buy homes are now owned by private landlords

Four in 10 right-to-buy homes are now owned by private landlords

Tenants living in homes sold under Margaret Thatcher’s scheme now pay twice the rents charged by local authoritiesFour out of 10 council homes sold under Margaret Thatcher’s flagship right-to-buy
The Guardian view on social housing: time to fight for affordable rents | Editorial

The Guardian view on social housing: time to fight for affordable rents | Editorial

Margaret Thatcher promised a property-owning democracy. She created a nation of private landlordsThe Guardian launches its Christmas appeal on Saturday. This year it is on behalf of charities that
Modern Paris Seen Through Retro Porthole Windows of ‘Tours Aillaud’ High-Rises

Modern Paris Seen Through Retro Porthole Windows of ‘Tours Aillaud’ High-Rises

Parisian photographer Laurent Kronental’s latest photo series, Les Yeux des Tours, captures life through the porthole windows of the Tours Aillaud—a social housing estate in the Pablo Picasso district
What could Vienna’s low-cost housing policy teach the UK?

What could Vienna’s low-cost housing policy teach the UK?

Rent controls mean public sector workers and those on lower pay can afford to live and work in the Austrian capitalVienna effortlessly tops the world’s most liveable city surveys, and for good reason.
What could Vienna’s low-cost housing policy teach the UK?

What could Vienna’s low-cost housing policy teach the UK?

Rent controls mean public sector workers and those on lower pay can afford to live and work in the Austrian capitalVienna effortlessly tops the world’s most liveable city surveys, and for good reason.