Expropriate! Special report from Berlin’s movement for housing remunicipalisation

By Members of Deutsche Wohnen & Co Enteignen (@dwenteignen)   On September 26th Berliners will head to the polls to vote in a referendum, the result of which may have seismic implications for the right-to-housing movement everywhere. The issue at hand is a proposal that the government seize and take into public ownership more than 200,000 …

Public land is a working class issue

By Helen C    As  community activists, ACORN are used to being met with responses like “it’s a middle class concern” when campaigning for the value of public spaces. In reality, safe and free access to quality public space is vitally important to the working class and an issue we will always fight for.   …

A Very British Coop

By Nick Bano, Joe Bilsborough, Lily Gordon Brown and Isaac Rose   “I’m very proud to support John Lewis” Sir Keir Starmer   “I love John Lewis” Boris Johnson     This month saw the eye-catching news that the John Lewis Partnership – purveyors of furnishings to the Parliamentary class – is setting its sights …

Independent Living Saves Lives

By Joan Ruthurford   I'm a retired town planner with an interest in campaigning for a more inclusive built environment.  I supported the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) in responding to the Government's recent consultation on 'Raising accessibility standards for new homes'.  It will probably surprise no-one to learn that the consultation was …

Dublin Community Tenants Union Resist Co-living Plans

By a CATU Phibsboro-Glasnevin member (@CGlasnevin)   Nowhere is Ireland’s long-running housing crisis more visible than between Dublin’s two canals, which ring the city centre from east to west. The four postcodes in this stretch account for around a third of all homeless people in the country, while average rents stand at an eye-watering €1,974.  …

The housing crisis in Manchester, capital of the ‘long 90s’.

By Tom Gillespie, Isaac Rose, Jonathan Silver     Factory opening   On the left bank of the River Irwell, where the Granada TV studios once stood, is a construction site ensnared in delays, overspend and hubris. Dubbed ‘The Factory’ in a not-so-subtle reference to Tony Wilson’s iconic record label, this site is the new …

We have a collective Right to Manchester — let’s proclaim it

By Sean Benstead   Our report on public land privatisation published two weeks ago has sparked a political debate across our city on how we might better manage our public assets. Here we publish reflections from an organiser at Greater Manchester Labour for a Green New Deal.   Earlier this month, the Labour Party suffered …