Calling a house a home.


Is a home or a house a commons?  I think the answer is yes.  Over the centuries housing changed from being a commons to being enclosed depending on the geographical location and circumstances of communities and politics of the time.  For example, pre-industrialisation housing was much more likely to be commonly owned in rural communities than in urban areas and cities.  That is until the enclosing of common land which brought with it enclosing of housing and what has become known as tied accommodation.  Then at the turn of the 20th Century and post world war one the UK appeared to recognise that housing should be a commons and strategically started to build affordable state owned housing that could be accessed by everyone based on need.  In 1900 there was virtually no state owned or commonly owned housing, then by 1979 35% of people were living in social or council housing.  However, the rise of neoliberal policy and Thatcherism changed this.

Policies were introduced which lead people to aspire to home ownership and move away from affordable renting.  However, what this also lead to was a greater divide between rich and poor.  Communities changed as people moved to where they could afford to purchase property.  This was also the era of the introduction of ‘Right to Buy’ on council and social owned housing stock.  Tenants could apply to purchase their house at a hugely discounted rate and therefore become a homeowner.  However, stock was not replaced and soon the number of people in housing need outstripped the amount of common housing available.

Having somewhere dry and warm to live is a basic need and should be a fundamental right; however the number of homeless people is increasing.  This is because access to housing is dependent on financial means and housing is not equally distributed.

Therefore we now live in a state of unsustainable housing.  Housing is driven by the capitalist market.  People are being forced to rent privately, paying exorbitant prices for basic homes to feed the pockets of the few rich landlords.   Or people continuously move from one house or community to another seeking something bigger and better, not consider what their actually need is.

Has UK housing been enclosed?


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One Response to “Calling a house a home.”

  1. ngoziokei Says:

    One can see that it is only the rich commons that can afford buying a house, either by paying cash down or morkaging. Definitly, the poor commons cannot own a house and call it their own home. The poor commons can only pay rent, to those houses owned by the rich commons. Where by making the rich commons more richer. That is why you can see what the UK councils are doing, for the sake of how they will get more money out from people, to enrich their pockets.
    That is why l decided to write out this link to show how the councils, carry out their rules and regulations by encouraging people to get their own house, but at the expense of the poor people, who cannot afford it.
    The council published this:
    Housing Points Calculator
    A simple points calculator built to give you an idea of how many points you and your household might be “worth” when applying for Council or Housing Association Accommodation.
    How do I get a Council or Housing Association home?
    Councils must ensure priority for social housing goes to those in the greatest need. Some councils do this by using a points system. Points are awarded according to the circumstances and level of housing need.
    …. Make a budget sheet. Write down what your income is and why your outgoings are. Sort out what your priorities are as far as your outgoings are concerned.

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