Following the Grenfell fire and all its tragic consequences, the spotlight is on social landlords. They own over four million homes, housing around ten million tenants. Nearly half live in multi-storey blocks of flats, where safety, security, repair and maintenance are critical.
Tenants are extremely anxious to know that their blocks are safe and that their landlord is taking all essential steps to secure this longer term. Government has focussed on increasing the numbers of homes built and the needs of first-time buyers to the detriment of social renting.
Thinking is changing and there is a new focus on the urgent need for more social housing at truly affordable rents, existing homes and communities and investing in them properly, and crucially/importantly, tenants’ need to be heard and heeded.
Anne Power will discuss the following questions; Can/will social landlords rise to the challenge? Will the government stick to its work to make social housing matter? Will tenants be treated as full citizens with the same housing rights as property owners?
Professor Anne Power has been involved in European and American housing and urban problems since 1965. In 1966, she worked with Martin Luther King's 'End Slums' campaign in Chicago, and, on her return to Britain, organised community-based projects in Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. From 1979 to 1989, she worked for the Department of the Environment and Welsh Office, setting up Priority Estates Projects to rescue run-down estates all over the country. In 1991, she became founding director of the National Communities Resource Centre at Trafford Hall in Chester which provides residential training and pump priming support for people living and working in low-income communities.
Anne became a Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics in 1996 and is Head of LSE Housing and Communities, a research group based within the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion. She is author of many books, reports and articles on housing, cities and low-income communities and her latest publication Cities for a Small Continent was published in 2016.
This lecture is free and all are welcome to attend.