"Spain has left housing policy in the hands of the market"

On Friday, the General Council of the Judiciary, in office, rejected the opinion in favor of the draft Law on the Right to Housing, which thus sees its processing once again postponed.

We spoke with the doctor in economics from the Complutense University, and former president of the Public Rental Society during the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Alejandro Inurrieta. It tells us that in Spain housing policy has not been made, but real estate policy. “Spain has left housing policy, the right to decent housing in the hands of the market”. Inurrieta has recently published the book Housing: the most urgent revolution (Economic Alternatives) in which he analyzes the keys to housing policy and what would be the most urgent reforms to undertake in order to achieve, as in other neighboring countries, more balanced and fair access to rental housing. The solution to the eternal problem of housing in Spain “can only happen through the supply of public housing” and the control of prices in the most stressed areas is a short-term solution, but one that must be addressed”. Inurrieta is aware of what it has cost to carry out this law in the coalition government, but he is pessimistic about its effect, because the 18-month application moratorium after its approval leads us to another legislature, which if the polls the right will rule and repeal the Law.

The silent eviction in apartments of the social work of La Caixa in Pinto.

Irene Gonzalo and Paloma Ayala are two residents of the block at calle Tomás Bretón, 2 in Pinto (Madrid). They were flats for social rent from the Social Work of La Caixa. They denounce that now, after expiring the contracts, they are applying abusive increases, very far from that social commitment. It coincides that this area has been revalued by the construction of other promotions around it. Dani Sousa talks to them who, on behalf of their neighbors, say that if they don’t give them solutions, they’re going to stand up. Once again the market eats “the social”. The new Housing Law contemplates the “incentivized affordable housing”. Privately owned flats, including third-sector entities, to whose ownership the competent Administration grants benefits of an urban, fiscal, or any other type in exchange for allocating them to social housing.

“We vote” the short film that denounces the discrimination of the mentally ill.

Santiago Requejo and his team have shot a documentary “we vote” to raise awareness and make us reflect on the stigma of having a mental illness. A neighborhood meeting to renovate the elevator ends up becoming a moral dilemma when they learn that the new tenant of one of the floors is going to be a boy with mental illness.. From there all the prejudices come out. Santi tells us that it is based on a real case that he was told. Someone was denied the rent of an apartment, the neighborhood council voted for him and it was learned that he suffered from mental illness. This short film in a couple of months has garnered many awards, to which they may add the Goya for best short, at the gala on February 12.

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