The CHat is back! This week’s subject: everything you need to know about the Housing and Planning Bill
Welcome back to The CHat, London’s premier social justice podcast, broadcasting straight from Cambridge House.
In April, we hosted an urgent conference on the housing crisis in London, addressing the growing threats to council housing and council tenants in the city and asking a critical question: Can we afford to lose council housing? Discussion ranged from alternatives to current approaches to estate regeneration (often involving demolition) to how the housing crisis in London is disastrous for many but, from some perspectives, a boom for certain groups.
This first episode brings you a fantastic talk by Jamie Burton, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and expert in judicial review and human rights, leading a smart, damning, and (often) amusing analysis of the Government’s proposals to tackle the housing crisis. Going through each of the key elements of the Housing and Planning Bill in detail, the talk is both a great primer on an important piece of legislation and an intelligent critique of a policy move that could spell the end of social housing in the UK as we know it. Jamie also touches on David Cameron’s “sink estate” regeneration strategy. The talk is followed by a brief Q&A from our audience.
The episode is available on this page, on i-Tunes, and on YouTube
Learn more about the conference here.