Lynsey Hanley will be giving a talk about the links between social and spatial inequality in Britain, and the effects of government policies over the last 40 years which have sought to make social housing a tenure of last resort, only available to the most desperately in need. Both Conservative and Labour governments have focused their energy and esteem on the home-owning majority, with the effect – sometimes unintentionally, often intended – of devaluing social housing and the people who live in it.
The growth in social and economic inequality of the last few decades, Lynsey argues, was a contributing cause of the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower on 14th June, which occurred after a botched refurbishment which residents believed had put them in danger. Their concerns were ignored at least in part because of their social class and the fact that they lived in social housing in one of the country’s richest, yet most polarised, boroughs. Lynsey will conclude by making a case for the necessity of immediate and drastic change in the way we treat social housing as a tenure and how we treat people who rent their housing.
5.30pm Registration and refreshments
I4P’s Fourth Annual Lecture, this event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
This event is FREE but please register your place.
Lynsey Hanley was born in Birmingham and lives in Liverpool. She is the author of Estates: An Intimate History (Granta Books 2007), and Respectable: The Experience of Class (Penguin 2016). She is a regular contributor to The Guardian and the Financial Times. This year she co-wrote and presented Streets Apart, BBC Radio 4’s recent major history of social housing in Britain.
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