Homes for Britain and the Right to Buy extension – a success story?
I can’t remember anything Housing related being covered quite so widely and quickly. The number of tweets, blog posts, commentary and overall news coverage was quite staggering and looks set to continue.
I would argue that what the announcement did successfully achieve was:
- Unanimously uniting the Housing world (and beyond) in it condemnation;
- Provided a quick, definitive test to the #homesforbritain campaign – could #ukhousing stand up to this announcement?
So how did we do? I would argue we came out fighting. I blogged recently that the real litmus test for the #homesforbritain campaign would be seen over quite a lengthy period; would the political parties actually take notice of housing and therefore it rise up the national priority list? Based on Housing being covered in the main political parties debates on television, I would say yes.
I’ve read some worrying comments though that the Right to Buy announcement by the Conversation party goes against the #homesforbritain compaign and therefore brings its success into question. Really? From where I’m sitting, its done exactly the opposite of that. It’s made it crystal clear to the british public that as a sector, we do not agree with this. This has come on the back of the #homesforbritain campaign. I for one think that without #homesforbritain, we would like have had a more tepid, less united response to the announcement.
I was truly amazed by how strong the reaction has been been. It’s made me proud to be working in the world of Housing. After being proud of the #homesforbritain campaign, that makes it twice in as many months. Let’s keep the momentum going.