Housing

Relating to housing: owner occupation, buy to rent, rented, public regulation, tenants’ rights, new build, renovation, domestic energy efficiency

Our Cambridge: Cafe-style discussion group of Cambridge issues

George Weyman, 2017 Feb 05 Our Cambridge – 2017 Programme Second Saturday of each month: 11 March, 8 April, 13 May, 10 June, 8 July 10.45am (for 11.00am start) – 12.00pm Lower Hall, St Andrew’s Baptist Church (behind LivingStones Cafe), 43 St Andrew’s St, Cambridge CB2 3AR.   See Map. Our programme of café-style discussion groups on Saturday mornings is back. The …

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Protest about plans to “supersize” Cambridge

Stuart Weir, 2016 Jun 27 View/print the poster here. Supersize Cambridge Monday July 4th 7-9pm Great St. Mary’s Church Cambridge You are invited to a major debate on the future of Cambridge on Monday 4 July.  Cambridge Commons is sponsoring a major meeting in Great St Mary’s church, from 7 to 9pm that evening, to …

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The Struggle for Social Housing

Stuart Weir, 2015 Nov 27 Read the report here: Cambridge’s Struggle for Social Housing, John Marais 2015 In our first Fairness Review, Cambridge: Wealth and Want, earlier in the year, we wrote that “house prices and rents in Cambridge are beyond the means of the majority of local people. They are rising faster in the city …

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Poverty in Cambridge – Can local government meet the growing need?

Stuart Tuckwood, 2015 Aug 26 To take genuine action, councils have to begin re-establishing real local democracy Cambridge City Councillors, Labour, Lib Dem, Independent, Green and Tory, unanimously passed an emergency motion at the last full council meeting calling for a reconsideration of George Osborne’s ‘Emergency Budget’ measures. Cross bench unity of this type is …

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Cambridge: Wealth and Want, Fairness Review: May 2015

Stuart Weir, 2015 May 05 The Cambridge Commons has now published its Fairness Review 2015, ‘Cambridge: Wealth and Want‘ – a shocking dossier of poverty and deprivation in a ‘hidden’ Cambridge. You can buy a physical copy for £10 including postage; please contact us via the website or by ringing this telephone number: 07743 326422. This …

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Building more council housing

Mark Page, 2015 Feb 06 A government commissioned report by Natalie Elphicke and Keith House offers recommendations for improving councils’ performance in house-building. The authors believe that “councils should be responsible for assessing and then meeting their local housing need, that they should invest more of their pension funds into local housing projects and that …

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An unaffordable city?

Deborah Padfield, 2015 Feb 07 Winter’s a bad time to be street homeless. It’s much less common in Saffron Walden where I work than in Cambridge, but even we had three street homeless clients around Christmas. We rang the homeless shelters in Cambridge, Braintree, Bishops Stortford, Chelmsford and Haverhill. All were full. We found temporary …

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