Imagine the following scene. It's a Saturday morning, a pleasant early spring morning in the suburbs, the elms trees are covered with new growth, rose buds are showing their heads.
The Government is cutting the social housing budget to less than half of its current level. This cut comes on top of the cuts in housing benefit already announced.
David Cameron has said that “There is a question mark about whether, in future, we should be asking when you are given a council home, is it for a fixed period? Because maybe in five or 10 years you will be doing a different job and be better paid and you won’t need that home, you will be able to go into the private sector.”
The collapse of the building maintenance firm Connaught spells an anxious time for its workers while Lovells, who have taken on much of the work, decide whether to continue to employ them on their contracts with various councils around the country.
According to research by the coordinating body of councils in London, the coalition government's cuts in Housing Benefit could lead to 82,000 evictions in London alone.
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In 1972, the Tory government told local councils to implement the “Housing Finance Act”, designed to claw in a bit of extra money by increasing council tenant's rents.
AWL member Jill Mountford is the AWL’s candidate in the general election, standing in Peckham and Camberwell against Labour’s Harriet Harman. Peckham is a deprived area in South East London, with high levels of unemployment and poverty. At the centre of the constituency is the Aylesbury estate, home to 8,500 people.
The Aylesbury Estate at Elephant and Castle is at the heart of the Camberwell and Peckham constituency. Built in the 1960s and 70s, the estate is currently home to 7,500 people, but is due to be demolished in stages. The council plan a privately-funded regeneration scheme. The tenants are concerned that vast amounts of money will be made by private companies, as council housing with secure tenancies is replaced with various types of private housing.
After years of New Labour government, it is easy to forget how bad the Tories are. Now the Daily Mirror has reminded us by exposing their plans for a savage onslaught on social housing.