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After Grenfell
Safe and secure homes for all
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This chapter is the conclusion of the book. It sets out a vision of the immediate and gradual reforms needed to end the era of unsafe regeneration and housing provision in the outsourced state. It begins by setting out the scale of the housing safety and insecurity crisis that confronts us. It then details three policy lessons raised by Grenfell and the author’s own research on outsourced regeneration under PFI (but still being ignored by government). To ensure that all homes are secure and safe to live in and that residents’ voices are democratically enshrined in housing governance, it will be necessary: to restore accountability and power to residents; to re-regulate construction and housing provision in the interests of safety; and to end the privatisation disaster through a programme of gradual reforms that will gradually phase out PFI and outsourcing, push back the financialisation of housing and land, and restore a reinvented public housing model based on the Bevanite principle of treating housing as ‘a social service’ that is democratically accountable to its residents, and not a commodity.

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