TAP activities in the past week including MP’s inquiries into land value capture, Shelter’s commission on social housing after Grenfell and human rights

13 March 2018
The Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee of MPs is undertaking and inquiry into Land Value Capture. TAP has sent all the MPs of the Committee and the secretariat a hard copy of DEBT DEATH & DEADWEIGHT which is also on line. It is edited by Fred Harrison who is the director of the Land Research Trust and a director of TAP. I have written a chapter.   
 
An All Party Parliamentary Group on Land Value Capture has been set up and will also be inquiring into Land Value Capture - they too have been sent a hard copy each of DEBT DEATH & DEADWEIGHT.  Fred and I will be submitting written and oral evidence. 
 

Socio-economic rights in Great Britain - progress since 2016. I attended this conference which was organised by the Equality and Human Rights Commission Just FairTAP's objects, set out in our Articles of Association, are based on Article 25 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

 

  1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
  2. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
 

The conference was addressed by Virgínia Brás Gomes  chair of the UN committee on economic, social and cultural rights (UNCESCR), said there was a “growing concern” among the committee that progress in realising those rights had “come to a standstill”, although not just in the UK. 'Huge danger' of UK austerity policies damaging rights, says a UN leader. 

 
I have send a copy of  DEBT DEATH & DEADWEIGHT to Virginia Gomez. 

Shelter have set up a commission on social housing. This is part of the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The link gives you the membership of the commission. 

 
The commission will aim to give social housing tenants across the country, starting with the Grenfell community itself, a far louder say in the future of social housing" Shelter.
 
TAP wants to make sure that council tenants are enabled to give their views to the commission, who will also be sent a copy ofDEBT DEATH & DEADWEIGHT. I will be submitting a personal note about the attempt to demolish the Northumberland Park Council Estate here in Tottenham. I opposed it with a group of tenants and leaseholders. 

 

THIS IS SHELTER'S BRIEF

How to get involved. 
The following is a list of questions we are interested in. Please consider them from your perspective as an association, organisation, service, tenant, or other interested party. Please feel free to share your thoughts on as many or as few as you would like.
 
We would appreciate submissions in any format. Please keep submissions to a maximum of twenty pages, (10,000 words).
 
Please send submissions by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address),uk by May the 11th 2018.
 
If you have any questions, or would like to know more about the work of the commission, please get in touch with Rachel Casey on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 0344 515 2046
 
How to get involved
The following is a list of questions we are interested in. Please consider them from your perspective as an association, organisation, service, tenant, or other interested party. Please feel free to share your thoughts on as many or as few as you would like.
 
We would appreciate submissions in any format. Please keep submissions to a maximum of twenty pages, (10,000 words).
 
Please send submissions by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address),uk by May the 11th 2018.
 
If you have any questions, or would like to know more about the work of the commission, please get in touch with Rachel Casey on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 0344 515 2046
 
Call for evidence
About your organisation/ about you
Where are you based?/ live?
(if applicable) Name of your service / organisation:
(if applicable) Who is the main client group of your service / organisation? 
 
Review
How would you define 'social housing'? 
Over recent years, there have been many key decisions made for social housing. From your perspective, which of these have been good or bad?   
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the current model of social housing? 
Does social housing need rebranding? In name, in concept, or both? 
What vision and role should social housing have in the future? 
 
Allocations
What is the role of social housing? Who is it for? 
Who is currently receiving social housing?
Is this the best use of stock?
What are the challenges to the way in which social housing is allocated? 
What could be done to improve access to social housing? 
 
Affordability 
What groups of people are most in need of new affordable housing (to rent or buy)? 
From your service/organisation perspective, what groups of people experience barriers when accessing or sustaining social housing?
What needs to be done to ensure social housing is affordable to people to rent or buy?
 
Level of supply need 
How many genuinely affordable homes are needed? 
What range of agents and actors, such as private developers, should be contributing to the delivery of affordable homes? 
What measures could be taken to boost investment to increase level of supply need?
High land prices make it expensive to build social housing. How can land costs be reduced and how can we increase the availability of land for social housing?
 
Conditions and design 
Are conditions in social housing adequate? What progress has been made in improving conditions in recent years? 
What needs to be done to secure decent conditions in existing and new social housing stock? 
Governance and tenant involvement
What can we do to combat the stigmatisation of social housing tenants? 
What can be done to make the regulation of social housing more tenant-focused? 
How do we make sure that tenants have a voice in national standards and policy-making?  
What can be done to make sure that tenants have an effective voice and role with their landlords, including on estate regeneration?
 
About your submission
Would you like your response to remain confidential? Yes/No 
Please indicate if there is anything you would not like Shelter to share from your submission
 
If you would like to discuss any aspect of these questions or to discuss presenting findings to a selection of the commissioners, please get in touch with Rachel Casey on 0344 515 2046 or on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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