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Discuss: Housing for the working class

Updated Tuesday, 6th August 2013
Housing has always been a problem for the working class. Fill in our short survey and share your thoughts and memories.

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Terraced houses in Preston, Lancs For the working class housing has always been a problem: bad landlords racking up the rent, cramped space, dirt and disrepair.

Today, it’s harder than ever to get social housing, while for those working class people who have been able to ‘buy’, mortgages payments are huge and difficult to keep up.

But perhaps it doesn’t have to be this way. In Liverpool in the 1980s the council built thousands of new homes for working class people.

We'd like you to share your thoughts with us and with each other. Here are some questions to ponder:

  • Is a house a home?
  • How does housing shape identities?
  • Why can’t we have more social housing for the millions who can’t afford to buy?
  • What is the importance of where you live?

Let us know your responses to the statements below, then give us some more of your thoughts, experiences and memories of working class housing in the comments section lower down this page.

Once you've discussed housing, you can visit other discussion hubs about working class work, leisure, representation and struggle. You can also order a free journal of working class life to dig deeper in to each of these issues.


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