More council houses were built in Britain than any other country in the 20th century. By the 1970s, one in three households were council tenants. Yet after 1980 £100bn worth of council housing was sold off. How did this expansion come about, what changed – and what lasting effects did the rise and fall of council housing have on our politics, society and economy?
Is it now time to reconsider our attitude to public housing?
No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture
Steve Schifferes was Majorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism at City University London from 2009–2017, and is a former BBC economics correspondent. Schifferes was a producer for the BBC’s Money Programme and has also coordinated several big stories for BBC News Online, including the credit crunch, the Enron scandal, and the G20 summit in London.
He has recently been appointed an Honorary Research Fellow at CityPERC, (City political economy research centre) City, University of London.