Thursday

What has Ed Miliband actually proposed in his speech today?

1. Tax on bankers’ bonuses to fund compulsory workfare for long term unemployed for whom 10 out of the 25 hours of work would be training. If the work is not accepted, the workless person would lose benefits. 2. Require … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Housing, Politics, Reform, Unemployment, Welfare benefits
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Sunday

Return to Aix. First impressions.

I came down to Aix-en-Provence by train yesterday. On the way we passed through Lyon. Two things bleakly stood out: many walls smothered in graffiti and the large blocks of social housing. I arrived in the evening. By the middle … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Behaviour & Crime, General, Housing, Work on the new book
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Friday

‘Affordable housing’ may lead to less housing and thus higher prices

It is a requirement that builders who wish to create large new developments that they must include a certain amount of ‘affordable housing’. The idea is to ensure that more housing is created for those who are less well off. … Continue reading

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Saturday

Yes, there is a welfare state in America

I think is probably true to say that most people outside the USA think that America does not have a welfare state. Perhaps quite a few inside the USA think the same. There is a worldwide desire to put countries … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Education, Healthcare and the NHS, Housing, Media, including BBC bias, Welfare benefits
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Friday

Another social housing disaster

A blog posting by Lindsay Mitchell has drawn my attention to one of the more spectacular failures of social housing. The destruction of the Red Road Flats will be another one in a very long list of such demolitions. The … Continue reading

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Friday

strict rent control leads to’ lower quantity and quality of rental housing’

  From an IEA posting.  A recent OECD report on housing policy finds: ‘An illustrative correlation shows that across countries, stricter rent control tends to be associated with lower quantity and quality of rental housing, as measured by the share of tenants who … Continue reading

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Tuesday

The myth of the ‘great’ Attlee government

Peter Oborne is a journalist I admire. He has written some terrific articles and talked well on radio and TV. However I recently heard him debating whether Margaret Thatcher should get a state funeral when she finally, like everybody else, … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Healthcare and the NHS, Housing, Politics
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Friday

Now THIS is a social housing programme: 36 million new homes!

In Britain, so-called ‘social housing’ has been in decline. Under Labour, as under the previous Conservative administration, it was allowed to wither. There were too many disasters. Too many massive blocks that had to be literally blown up because not … Continue reading

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Tuesday

Italy and Sweden – worlds apart

I have done two highly contrasting trips in the past few months. First Italy and then Sweden. In both cases, the trips were prompted by other things but I used them to research a new book I am writing about … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Education, General, Healthcare and the NHS, Housing, Parenting, Welfare benefits, Work on the new book
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Monday

Italian welfare – a curate’s egg

I have just returned from a visit to Italy where I spoke to quite a lot of interesting people about the welfare state there. I learned too much to put down a fraction of it here. But this, in ultra-brief, … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Care for the elderly, Education, Healthcare and the NHS, Housing, Parenting, Pensions, Tax and growth, Welfare benefits, Work on the new book
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