“I am spray painting my truth on your outside walls”

This late into the autumn of my life I should not have to be writing and working on the human right to a decent home. But I am. Or the responsibility of the organisations of the state not to be the enemies of our own people, but they are. I am Daniel Blake. And I am Cathy […]

Introducing: Coming Home

Stories of what didn’t work can be as instructive in the long run as things that did. So I’m leaving this here, in case there may yet be more story to tell… A few times on here lately I’ve alluded to a new idea I’ve been working on, saying I’d be ‘telling you about it […]

The kindness of public librarians

I’ve often written about public libraries but not for some time. I have been spending a lot of time in them though lately, as I’ve been writing a book. It’s a book on the 50 year history of Liverpool Housing Trust, one of the ‘Cathy Come Home’ era housing associations and a place where I first […]

Is Cathy never coming home?

In 2014, 13th November was to be #HousingDay. 24 hours on Twitter of stories from the world of Social Housing. I thought it couldn’t do any harm and might even do some good. It had been Twitter that morning, after all, that had led me to two savagely upsetting articles about life in the housing world. First Aditya Chackrabortty’s story […]