James Paul Lusk
Writing on Politics, Housing and Community
paul at lusk.org.uk
Foxes Have Holes: a Christian response to the housing crisis
Foxes Have Holes includes my essay For Richer, For Richer (left) and other chapters by Rt Rev David Walker (Bishop of Manchester), Sean Gardiner, Chris Horton, Helen Roe, Helen Woolley, Raymond Young and Andrew Francis who co-edits the collection with Trisha Dale. Foxes Have Holes is published by Ekklesia in April 2016. There are launch events at Manchester Cathedral at 7 p.m. on 14th April, and in Oxford on 12th May, with further events planned for Edinburgh and London.
The Jesus Candidate: political religion in a secular age
'Equality laws marginalise Christians' So it is claimed. But is there merit in well-publicised legal cases said to prove discrimation against believers? Should Christians oppose a state based on liberal, secular pluralism? I answer 'no'. I show how thinking from the US Religious Right underpins the attack on equality. So how now can Christians support the secular state and participate in politics? The Jesus Candidate is published by Ekklesia later in 2016.
Resources for community empowerment
Managing in a tenant controlled housing organisation: governance and financial control (produced for the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations)
Model code of governance for a TMO (produced for NFTMO and adapaed for Greengate Housing Co-op)
Performance information for tenant scrutiny (produced for Rachel Vernelle Training and the National Communities Resource Centre, Trafford Hall)
Public discussion of housing is shot through with propaganda, wilful ignorance and the subordination of evidence to political myth. Truth can free us from myth, but only if we can first acknowledge the stake which most of us (including this writer and the majority of voters) have in its construction. This may be painful but, like neglectful and selfish parents everywhere, we owe the younger generation an explanation of the mess we are leaving them to live with ...
The housing crisis is first and foremost one of distribution. It arises from post-war welfare housing policies which determined that ‘social rights’ would endow generations with property rights extending through life and beyond. Now, in a sample set of ten households, three are home owners paying nothing; another three are owners paying relatively little compared with income and property value; another three have their housing costs met partly or wholly by the state through benefit and rent regulation; and one pays the full market rent. That last one is likely to be a young worker in a middle income bracket. Those with free or cheap housing consume more than they need. In the long transition to post-welfare housing, supply pressure is displaced especially onto market rent payers. Their number will grow.
From: For Richer, For Richer, in Foxes Have Holes