Stewart Smyth

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    The UCU strikes: a battle for the future of Higher Education

The UCU strikes: a battle for the future of Higher Education

What type of university system do we want? One with a casualised workforce and vice-chancellors who can claim they deserve exorbitant pay packages for running commercial organisations? Or one in which education is seen as a public good and its workforce – at all levels – is treated with the appropriate respect? It is this fundamental contradiction that lies behind the […]

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    Reforms and resistance: how tenants can influence housing policy

Reforms and resistance: how tenants can influence housing policy

With successive governments having failed to alleviate England’s housing crisis, can tenants ever hope to influence housing policy? Stewart Smyth explains how this can be done. He explores the nature of the dynamic between government reforms and grassroots resistance across housing tenures.

As the extent of the housing crisis in England has become apparent, the government’s policy failures are not […]

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    From Westminster to Stormont: forty years of failed housing policies

From Westminster to Stormont: forty years of failed housing policies

Public housing has always been financially sustainable – it is political choices over the past forty years that have sought to undermine social tenure, writes Stewart Smyth. He explains how housing policy has evolved in Northern Ireland and makes the case for a new approach.

It was a tragic and unwelcome co-incidence to launch a report about public housing in […]

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    Housing policy can’t be fixed until we treat houses as homes and not as stores of wealth

Housing policy can’t be fixed until we treat houses as homes and not as stores of wealth

Last week, Stewart Smyth outlined recent developments in Social Housing policy up to the Comprehensive Spending Review. In this follow-up article he looks to the future, arguing that lack of access, not lack of housing itself, is a crucial problem. He further highlights how the issue runs deeper still; until we treat houses as homes, and not as stores of wealth, the contradictions in housing […]

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    Inviting market forces in: financing Social Housing from the Coalition to the Spending Review

Inviting market forces in: financing Social Housing from the Coalition to the Spending Review

In the first of two articles, Stewart Smyth outlines the recent history of policy changes towards social housing, from the apparent certainty that had emerged at the start of the year, through to the changes that have occurred in the sector since the election in May, and finally up to the recent Comprehensive Spending Review.

 

At the start of 2015 there was a certainty surrounding […]