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Podcast: to rebalance Britain's economy, we must rethink land and housing economics

Adam Ramsay
Adam Ramsay Laurie Macfarlane
6 March 2017
Housing sucks up more of our income and more of our savings than anything else. It represents around 60% of Britain's assets. From soaring homelessness to widening wealth inequality, the relationship between the British people and our homes is deeply troubled: you can't understand the crisis in the UK economy without understanding what's happened to housing and land. Toby Lloyd from Shelter, and Josh Ryan-Collins and Laurie Macfarlane from the New Economics Foundation have a new book out helping us get to grips with what's gone wrong and how to fix it. I had a chat with Laurie in the NEF offices to find out more – enjoy. [embed]https://soundcloud.com/opendemocracy/property-is-thefy-property-is-liberty-land-housing-and-the-crisis-of-the-british-economy[/embed]

Is it time to pay reparations?

The Black Lives Matter movement has renewed demands from activists in the US and around the world seeking compensation for the legacies of slavery and colonialism. But what would a reparative economic agenda practically entail and what models exist around the world?

Join us for this free live discussion at 5pm UK time (12pm EDT), Thursday 17 June.

Hear from:

  • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Author of Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership
  • Esther Stanford-Xosei: Jurisconsult, Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe (PARCOE).
  • Ronnie Galvin: Managing Director for Community Investment, Greater Washington Community Foundation and Senior Fellow, The Democracy Collaborative.
  • Chair, Aaron White: North American economics editor, openDemocracy
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