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Covid highlights the flaws in our broken housing system

The pandemic has shown the importance of affordable housing. But the government has not done enough to ensure everyone has a safe home

By Thangam Debbonaire   March 2021

Recent floods have shown that climate must be front and centre of our housing strategy. Photo: Bailey-Cooper Photography / Alamy Stock Photo

For rough sleepers, this lockdown is very different from spring last year. The weather is colder and the virus is more infectious. Yet despite these dangers, the government has not reinstated the “Everyone In” programme which quickly got rough sleepers off the streets. This immoral decision will cost lives, and shows that the Conservatives don’t view housing as a basic right for everyone.

Rough sleeping during a winter pandemic is perhaps the most extreme example of a broken housing system. There are others. The fundamental housing flaws exposed over the last year existed before the pandemic and, unless…

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