By Christopher Holmes
In 1945 the Labour govt got down to permit all people to have a good domestic, the place humans from all walks of lifestyles may stay jointly. This dream used to be destroyed by means of a succession of avoidable blunders and nearly every person now turns out to think that it really is most unlikely to rediscover that imaginative and prescient. This ebook demanding situations that fatalism, tracing the coverage blunders that experience given upward push to this inequitable kingdom from the folly of mass housing to the unfair tax privileges of many property owners. Holmes describes and advocates a brand new imaginative and prescient for the hot millennium, discovering recommendations variously in improvement, making plans, monetary buildings, social reform, and political reassessment to slender the distance among wealthy and terrible and allow humans in all housing tenures to eventually have a choice.
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Four tenants died, with another 11 injured. 5 million dwellings were demolished: one in ten of all the homes in the country. The new homes had more space and better amenities than the dwellings they replaced. 7 Yet a high price was paid for these gains. When the old neighbourhoods of houses, shops and small businesses were razed to the ground, they were replaced by monolithic single tenure estates of council flats, many in high-rise or long deck access blocks. Amid all the powerful pressures, there was little room for the choices and aspirations of tenants to be heard.
By 1976 the number receiving rebates had soared to 945,000. 5 The 1972 Act broke the link between income and access to good quality housing for people on low incomes. The result was that more low-income households were able to take up council and housing association tenancies, especially where higher rents were charged. Another important factor was the allocation policies of local authorities. Even when rents were affordable by those on a low income many local councils had been reluctant to house families who were regarded as ‘feckless’.
Whole families had to live in just one room, and these included a disproportionate number of black tenants. Many had been unable to obtain council housing because of lengthy residence requirements and rules A new vision for housing 32 which penalised tenants in furnished accommodation, which many black tenants occupied. 6 It recommended that local councils should remove restrictions on eligibility for council housing, such as long periods of residence in the area, and end personal councillor involvement in allocation decisions.
A New Vision for Housing by Christopher Holmes