Homes for the People
TitleHomes for the People
DirectorKay Mander
Format16mm, Umatic video
DescriptionUsing archive stills, Homes For The People looks back to the slums of 1848 and asks what improvements have been made since then. In a series of interviews, five working-class housewives present the case for better housing; in the 1940s many families have no adequate heating, hot water, proper sanitary facilities or kitchens. The film points out that these are average, not exceptional, cases and although the film was made in 1945 it is absolutely relevant to the housing crisis of the 1990s. The Labour Party and the Daily Herald commissioned Homes for the People. It concludes on a campaigning note, urging people to organise through women's groups, trades unions and tenant's associations, and to lobby MPs and local councils.