Election 2015: Newcastle - What’s at stake for housing?
The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) is holding a series of events across the country on What Britain Needs ahead of the General Election in May, with an event in Newcastle on Thursday 19 February and others in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bristol.
With the General Election just weeks away, the debate about how we get fairness and greater equality in Britain - from protecting the NHS and public services to improving housing, pay and rights at work - is more urgent than ever. Our Newcastle event will see the publication of a new Class pamphlet on housing and will focus on how we can build the homes and communities we need in the context of the General Election.
Housing is set to be one of the biggest issues at the General Election. Too many people are struggling with spiralling rents, unaffordable mortgages, growing social housing waiting lists and a lack of both social housing and truly affordable housing. This event will debate what is at stake in the General Election, making the case for a big increase in social housing and looking at how we build affordable homes in the places they are needed.
But housing policy needs to be about much more than just bricks and mortar – it needs to offer future generations hope for a secure future and the ability to build their lives within strengthened local communities. The event will look at how we build sustainable communities that integrate public services and support a strong economy that works for local people.
Mark Ferguson, Editor of LabourList
Cllr Marion Talbot, Housing Portfolio, Newcastle Council
Denis Doody, Regional Secretary of UCATT Northern Region
Alex Hilton, Director of GenerationRent
Chair: Cllr Laura Pidcock, Northumberland County Council
Register for free for our Newcastle event below
To find out more about the other regional events in our series, click here.