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By Christopher Holmes

In 1945 the Labour govt got down to allow every person to have a good domestic, the place humans from all walks of lifestyles may possibly dwell jointly. This dream used to be destroyed via a succession of avoidable errors and nearly every person now turns out to think that it truly is most unlikely to rediscover that imaginative and prescient. This publication demanding situations that fatalism, tracing the coverage error that experience given upward push to this inequitable kingdom from the folly of mass housing to the unfair tax privileges of many house owners. Holmes describes and advocates a brand new imaginative and prescient for the recent millennium, discovering options variously in improvement, making plans, financial constructions, social reform, and political reassessment to slim the distance among wealthy and negative and allow humans in all housing tenures to ultimately have a choice.

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8 Moving out of council housing The profile of council housing tenants was also changed by people moving out of council housing as a result of dissatisfaction with their homes or their neighbourhood. Many of the early council housing estates were models of good quality planning and design. Conditions enjoyed by the tenants were vastly better than the overcrowded tenements from which they had escaped. From the 1950s, however, the quality of new estates fell, first through lower space standards and then through the building of highdensity badly designed blocks of flats.

The market for high-rise construction was dominated by seven major companies, and most strongly by George Wimpey, John Laing and Taylor Woodrow. 3 Industrialised building techniques were also adopted for many of the medium-rise flats, including deck access flats such as the 2,400 dwelling Aylesbury estate in Southwark, which was reported at the time to be the largest housing contract ever let. Some estates of this type became the most notorious public housing disasters. Another driver of the policy for high-density, industrialised building programme was the unexpected rise in the population, as the birth rate soared in the early 1950s and the number of households grew as young people left home earlier to start their families.

In 1970 the average price of a dwelling was £5,000 in the UK. In 1980 this had risen to £24,600, by 1990 to £59,800 and by 2000 to £101,466. The only period of fall came when the housing market collapsed at the end of the 1980s, following a house price boom. In 1989 house prices rose by 21 per cent. Prices fell by almost 10 per cent between 1989 and 1993. In order to afford to buy when house prices were rising, borrowers had been taking out mortgages of up to 100 per cent of the purchase price.

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