Home as a Human Right: Ten Thoughts

On believing in everyone having a secure home as a human right.  This is roughly the text of my talk to the Liverpool Walton Constituency Labour Party on the evening of 22nd May 2018. ✹ From a lifetime working in and around housing and communities and at the request of the Walton Constituency Labour Party […]

The Writer’s House

After I wrote about my friend the artist Emma Rushton’s house a couple of weeks ago, some other friends suggested I might like to do a series where I look around some other people’s houses. They thought this could be an interesting development from other writings and work I’ve done on, oh, the meaning of […]

What kind of society do you want to grow up in?

Explaining social housing and the economy to young people. Many comments on this now in. See the evolving discussion with young people here. For a long time I’ve thought and no doubt even said that if you really know your stuff, whatever that ‘stuff’ might be, you should be able to explain it clearly to […]

Streets Apart: A History of Social Housing

Early in May this year writer and journalist Lynsey Hanley, together with a producer from BBC Radio 4 came and interviewed me for a series of programmes they were planning about the history of social housing. I was glad to do this as Liverpool had a significant role in the early development of council housing. […]

How to do Social Housing: Part Two

Continuing the true story of Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust on site The second of two detailed parts of my story about exactly how to do social housing. Or at least, exactly how we’re doing it in Granby 4 Streets. Next morning I’m up well before the dawn reflecting on what’s just happened and have […]

How to do Social Housing: Part One

A true story of Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust on site.I want to tell you a story about social housing. A very detailed story (in two parts) about exactly how to do it. Or at least, exactly how we’re doing it in Granby 4 Streets. I want to tell you this story now because […]