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Monday, 3 February 2020, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Homes Fit for Heroes: 100 Years of Council Housing

Professor Steve Schifferes

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?

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Steve Schifferes was Majorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism at City University London from 2009–2017. He is a former BBC economics correspondent, where he covered, among other big stories, the global financial crisis, the Enron scandal, and UK public spending. 

He began his academic career studying interwar housing policy, and subsequently worked for Shelter, the homelessness charity.

He is now an Honorary Research Fellow at CityPERC, (City political economy research centre) at City, University of London.

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