Poll Created Thu 31 Mar 2016 9:35AM
Headline policy proposal: Reclaim empty properties Closed Sun 3 Apr 2016 9:07AM
Hi, thought I'd turn this into proposal form so people can comment with thoughts. This is based on the idea of having a fairly radical, populist headline policy, which matches the things which people we have been speaking to have been talking about, and what people in the group (I think) are most enthusiastic about, and brings together some of the housing issues with stuff around community. It seemed from the last organisers' meeting that both Amina and James thought this could be a really good headline policy, something we could feel quite comfortable going with. Also, with the 3 day limit to discussing the proposal, this takes us through to when some of us will meet on Sunday to discuss the whole manifesto.
There's more detail and narrative in the document attached in the 'activity' column, but here's the basic policy:
Reclaiming empty houses and buildings for social purposes, and eliminate rough sleeping
If elected, we would lobby for the extension of powers to reclaim and repurpose empty residential and commercial properties, as homes for people who need them and as spaces for community projects and assemblies.
The immediate purpose of this would be twofold:
1) To provide additional shelter for homeless people. There are enough empty buildings in the city to eliminate rough sleeping - this is a scandal that can and must be ended. Models of providing more than just a roof over a head, but also a place to get back on your feet and call home, would be prioritised.
2) To reverse the erosion of community in London, by providing spaces for communities to assemble, share resources, be creative, start new community projects, and feel at home collectively.
|Results||Option||% of points||Voters|
||Agree||100.0%||5||JTH JM CW|
|Undecided||0%||10||GH TK EL RL KW JG RA TB NM|
5 of 15 people have voted (33%)
Sat 2 Apr 2016 9:09AM
Like it a lot. Perhaps we could be more specific - properties empty for six months, say, and also say what we'd want the powers to do - compulsorily purchase, for example.