COVID-19 and the Financialisation of Housing

By Isaac Levin-Schtulberg   As the months since July’s ‘freedom day’ roll forward, those residing in the UK have been reacquainted with a lifestyle that they once considered a stable normality. The daily slog of COVID briefings, statistics and superfluous analysis about COVID-19’s radically transformative long term impacts have become resigned to what many want …

On the situation of short-term rentals and tourism in southern Europe

By Jaime Jover (@JaimeJover)   Few people that had heard about Airbnb in southern Europe 10 years ago. The San Francisco-based holiday rentals company had just started its expansion in the continent. During the first years of the 2010s, short-term leases’ growth was still slow in a context where the World –particularly southern European economies– …

Questions remain over Manchester’s new ‘council’ housing

By Richard Goulding (@richmg_)   With Richard Leese retiring, Manchester City Council announced plans to provide affordable homes in the gentrifying neighbourhood of Ancoats, reported as the first council housing in the city since the 1980s. However closer inspection of those plans reveals a more complex picture.   The development will be taken forward by …

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 …