Barry Biddulph explains the historical restructuring of council housing
The state provision of Council Housing has always been bureaucratic, and top-down, based on the needs of capital. The nature and scope of council housing has changed with the changing needs of capitalism.
Its heyday was the long post-war economic boom. Since then the structural crisis of British capitalism has led to social engineering by Conservative and Labour governments making council housing mainly accommodation for those stigmatised as the “undeserving poor.”In other words, working-class people who will not or do not conform to the requirements of the market economy and can function as a reserve army of labour when necessary. Continue reading “Council housing, and the changing needs of capitalism.”