By Christopher Holmes
In 1945 the Labour executive got down to permit every body to have a good domestic, the place humans from all walks of lifestyles may perhaps reside jointly. This dream used to be destroyed by means of a succession of avoidable errors and virtually each person now turns out to think that it's very unlikely to rediscover that imaginative and prescient. This e-book demanding situations that fatalism, tracing the coverage errors 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 recent millennium, discovering strategies variously in improvement, making plans, fiscal buildings, social reform, and political reassessment to slender the distance among wealthy and negative and permit humans in all housing tenures to ultimately have a choice.
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Building new homes for rent by local councils was virtually ended. Although housing associations were funded to build new homes, the total number of new homes built for Managing social housing 39 rent by local councils and housing associations averaged only 50,000 in the 1980s, compared to over 120,000 in the 1970s and more than 200,000 in the peak years of the 1960s. The 1988 Housing Act was a turning point for housing associations. The Government had become increasingly concerned about the high cost of housing association capital subsidies.
The single most significant reason for this loss of popularity of council housing was the quality of the high-density flatted estates that were built. At the start of the 1950s the major cities were faced with a massive problem, as they tried to replace the homes that had been destroyed in the war, demolish the dilapidated nineteenth-century slums and to find accommodation for the growing number of young families. From the mid 1950s public housing experienced a revolution, as blocks of flats replaced the earlier emphasis on building houses with gardens.
Especially in inner London some houses that escaped the bulldozer were improved by incoming owner-occupiers and today are much desired expensive homes. Some of the desperate housing problems people experienced were not mainly due to the physical condition of the properties. The scarcity of cheaper rented housing forced many families, especially newly arrived migrants, to live in seriously over-crowded one or two room flats, often sharing with several other tenants. Some unscrupulous landlords exploited the shortage to charge exorbitant rents.