A New Vision for Housing by Christopher Holmes

By Christopher Holmes

In 1945 the Labour executive got down to permit everybody to have a good domestic, the place humans from all walks of lifestyles may possibly stay jointly. This dream was once destroyed via a succession of avoidable blunders and virtually everybody now turns out to think that it's very unlikely to rediscover that imaginative and prescient. This publication demanding situations that fatalism, tracing the coverage blunders 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 hot millennium, discovering ideas variously in improvement, making plans, monetary constructions, social reform, and political reassessment to slender the distance among wealthy and bad and permit humans in all housing tenures to ultimately have a choice.

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Housing associations were expected to play an important role in acquiring and renovating properties where private landlords were unwilling to do so. The new legislative arrangements for housing associations had three elements. During the 1960s a number of surveyors, lawyers and other professionals, who were earning fees for the work they were doing, set up housing associations. The powers for registering associations were designed to exclude associations run by fee-earning professionals from receiving public subsidies.

A main objective of the Housing Finance Act was to remove the freedom of local authorities to decide on the level of rents. The view of the Government was that many The changing nature of rented housing 31 local authorities, especially Labour-controlled authorities, were charging rents that were too low. The Act compelled them to charge ‘fair rents’, which in most areas were higher than the previous rents. The new provisions for rebates were designed to enable people on lower wages to pay the higher rents.

Ironically, in the light of later experience, the early council housing was built as estates because that form of layout was seen as superior to the traditional urban streets, which were associated with congestion and squalor. The visionary pioneers of council housing saw it as a model for the future. Yet homes need not have continued to be built in single tenure estates as they came to be occupied predominantly by poorer tenants. It would have been possible to build estates with a mix of owner-occupied and rented homes.

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