John Harris

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The end of council housing

In 1979, 42% of Britons lived in council homes. Today that figure is just under 8%. Now, by scrapping secure tenancies and bringing in a pay-to-stay scheme, the government’s new housing bill could mark the end of a century-old dream

‘We had two rooms. For five of us. There was a kitchen area, and the living room was our bedroom as well. We had a sofa bed, and we all shared it. And an outdoor toilet, and a tin bath. They’d boil the kettle, and we all had to get in.”

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