September 27, 2015

TO BE RELEVANT ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS BE MORE THIRD WAY THAN THE TORIES:

Why Labour must become the party of home ownership (Owen Jones, 9/27/15, The Guardian)

Here is a great opportunity for Labour, and the left more broadly. Nearly eight out of 10 Britons aspire to homeownership. Finding strategies to boost home ownership, while improving the quality of people's housing options more broadly, would demonstrate that Labour and the left have policies to satisfy the needs and aspirations of the majority of people in society: to build a coalition of low-income and middle-income people.

It would be part of a triple-pronged strategy. Firstly: an ambitious programme of building council housing, to bring down the 5 million-strong social housing waiting list, reduce the housing benefit bill, create jobs and stimulate the economy. Such council housing should surely be according to the spec of Nye Bevan: of a better quality than private housing, and intended to foster mixed communities, rather than ghettoise the poorest. Secondly: to control private rents (again, reducing housing benefit spending) as well as introducing security for tenants. And thirdly: to extend homeownership without flogging off desperately needed social housing.

Just borrow the entire W playbook and advocate for the Ownership Society.
Posted by at September 27, 2015 7:36 PM
  

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