Archive for October, 2013

Rent Control 25 Years On

Posted: October 10, 2013 in articles, housing

Rent controls were abolished in the UK under the 1988 Housing Act. This brought over 70 years of rent regulation to an end. I wrote a short post of the history of rent controls, why they were introduced, and their current place in social policy – always a contentious topic.

Read the full post here.  The comments are also very interesting as well.

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“A few months ago, several news organisations announced a “JOBS BOOM” as unemployment dropped from 7.8% to 7.7%. Many of the new jobs created were in estate agents, which grew by nearly 10% in just three months. However, we should be careful of building our economy (again) on the sand castle of the housing market.” Read the full article here.

Post on LGIU Housing Report

Posted: October 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

Building on the small mountain of recent reports on improving private rented housing, the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) published its own report on how councils can take action to improve renting. I summarise it here for the Landlord Law Blog.

“Another week, another report about private rented housing! This time it’s the turn of the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU), a local government think-tank, who have published a report called House Proud about how councils can help improve the private rented sector.”

Intersectionality and Mental Health

Posted: October 5, 2013 in articles

I wrote a second essay for Open Democracy’s Structure of Patriarchy series. This time applying ideas and concepts of intersectionality to the issue of Mental Health.

“There’s a long literature on oppression, discrimination, and mental health. Yet not much on intersectionality, the study of multiple and linked oppressions/discrimination, and mental health.” Read the full article here.