This article was written as a personal opinion piece by Action on Empty Homes’ Campaign Manager, Chris Bailey, for Open Access Government an online European and international public policy magazine. The text is below or you can read it in the latest edition of Open Access Government here:
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It was a pleasure to meet so many empty homes practitioners at the Empty Homes Network annual conference. For me, it was the first step in developing a new conversation and a stronger relationship between Action on Empty Homes and those whose job it is to ensure as many empty homes are brought back into use as possible.
At Action on Empty Homes, we know that there is a range of different ideas about how national policy might be developed to help practitioners bring more empty homes back into use.
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I was really pleased to be invited to Maidstone to cut the ribbon at the official opening of the Boxley Road development in Maidstone.
This is the kind of Action on Empty Homes we want local authorities to take.
It is a great collaboration between partners on the ground and Kent County Council through their No Use Empty on an invest to save principle.
BBC TV Empty Homes series to be broadcast this year
Thanks to everyone who got in touch with the production company making the BBC’s new empty homes series. We don’t yet have a start date for the four programme series, but it is promised before Christmas. The working title is attention-grabbing, ‘Britain’s Housing Scandal’ and the BBC media centre tell us that the presenter ‘Matt Allwright is on a journey to seek out the UK’s empty homes and tell their stories.’
There has been a flurry of media activity on empty homes since Friday 5 October. Chris Bailey, the campaign manager for Action in Empty Homes, has appeared in two stories that demonstrate the breadth of the empty homes issue.
Dear EH Network members,
Empty Homes Week 2018 - Monday 15 October to Sunday 21 October
Empty Homes are rising again in England Government figures show that across England over 205,000 homes have been empty for more than six months, within a wider vacant dwelling category of 605,000 homes.
I am just finishing my first full week as Director of Action on Empty Homes.
I come to the world of housing almost entirely new to the subject, barring my recent and ongoing involvement in the Community Plan for Holloway (see the link below).
My route here came by way of over a decade of work on criminal justice policy, where I learned prisons are full of some of the most vulnerable people in our country. Criminal justice has become a repository for people with the type of social problems we are finding it very difficult to resolve as a society.