Renting needs to become fairer in the UK (2)

For those of you interested in the extent of the problem, I have dug up two interesting articles highlighting this problem:

1. The New Internationalist

2. The Observer

A nice Keynesian quote from the last article to underscore that solutions are possible but tank because of inaction of the government:

“The best thing that could happen to the economy would be for a centrally-funded housebuilding and renovation programme, which would restore the construction industry to health and employ thousands. It was what got us out of recession in the 1930s and left us a legacy of mostly good-quality homes.

“The main political obstacle to doing this isn’t lack of money: it comes down to the fact that most of this housing should be for rent, not for sale. The current government wouldn’t countenance such a shift in British housing culture.”

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About thomaswensing

Architect and Activist. Over the years I have become increasingly aware that I need to actively engage with the issues I care about. My passions and irritations are many and change often, but a red thread is always a deep concern over the fact that capitalism does not work as it is claimed it does, democracies only serve the needs of the few and environmental resource depletion and pressures continue to mount. I think it is time for citizen's activism to create pressure, to bang on the doors of established powers and interests until we get it right. As you will notice, if you continue to follow my blog over time, there are certain fetishes I have; modernism, social housing, the avant-garde. I propose to recuperate the Modern Project from the dustbin of history and re-establish the link between social engagement and architecture. Watch it all come down needs to be followed by let the good stuff blossom!

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