Housing

Lots of “old” cuts still to come

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Colin Foster

Theresa May’s Tory government has said that it will decide no new welfare cuts. What makes this a half-truth, or even an outright untruth, is that big cuts, maybe even bigger cuts than the government can realistically manage, have already been programmed by previous Tory decisions.

Theresa May’s government has said there will be no new welfare cuts, but big cuts have already been programmed by previous Tory decisions.

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£1,000 rent rise

70,000 households will face a rent rise of over £1,000 a year from next April, imposed by the government. The Housing Act, passed into law last year, forces councils to levy 15p extra rent for every £1 a household’s income is above £31,000, or £40,000 in London. It defines every household with two earners on £15,500, or £20,000 in London, as “high income”. That affects 9.3% of all council households in the south-east.

The Housing Act, passed into law last year, forces councils to levy 15p extra rent for every £1 a household’s income is above £31,000, or £40,000 in London.

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Rents spiral: up 48% since 2007

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Colin Foster

Even on the mean average income — which is quite a bit higher than the median income, the income of the worker halfway up the income range — a young worker now has to pay out 57% of her or his income to rent an average one-bedroom home in London.

Even on the mean average income — which is quite a bit higher than the median income, the income of the worker halfway up the income range — a young worker now has to pay out 57% of her or his income to rent an average one-bedroom home in London.

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Rents spiral, especially in London

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Martin Thomas

Even on the mean average income - which is quite a bit higher than the median income, the income of the worker halfway up the income range - a young worker now has to pay out 57% of her or his income to rent an average one-bedroom home in London.

Rents are spiralling, and the new Housing Act will make things worse.

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Don’t let the Tories recover!

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Editorial

A rising mood that cuts are not inevitable, a rising anger against economic inequality, and a rising confidence that alternatives are possible, has damaged the Tories in recent months.

Ian Duncan Smith resigned, demagogically spilling the truth that the Tories have been victimising the worst-off to benefit the rich. That was one of the side-products of the Tories’ splits over Europe, which have seen Tory right-wingers suddenly “discovering” that the NHS is underfunded and suggesting Britain’s EU budget contributions could fill the gap.

A rising mood that cuts are not inevitable, a rising anger against economic inequality, and a rising confidence that alternatives are possible, has damaged the Tories in recent months.

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Why UCL students are on rent strike

Kasandra Tomaszewska, a first-year University College London (UCL) history student, rent striker, and activist with the UCL Cut the Rent Campaign, spoke to Solidarity.


I got involved in the rent strike very randomly and late in the process. My roommate gave me some leaflets. I didn’t get very involved but thought “it is actually a very good idea, and if it starts I will join”. Then the rent strike started and I joined.

Kasandra Tomaszewska, a rent striker and activist with the UCL Cut the Rent Campaign, spoke to us.

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Affordable, available, assured: Homes for all!

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Editorial

Already, on average, in England, rent takes 43% of the income of households renting privately. (That’s 43% of average gross income of the main householder and partner including housing benefit, it’s 52% of income excluding HB).

The Tories are promoting a more unrestrained market in housing. As such markets generally do, it is producing polarisation.

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Landlords to be border cops

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Kelly Rogers

Renting rules introduced under Right to Rent at the beginning of February mean that landlords who let property in England will have to carry out checks on tenants’ immigration statuses to establish whether they have the right to be in the UK.

Landlords who let property in England will have to carry out checks on tenants’ immigration statuses to establish whether they have the right to be in the UK.

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Two wins against bedroom tax

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Dave Kirk

Two victories have been won in the Court of Appeal against the bedroom tax.

A woman who was a survivor of abuse from her ex-partner and had a panic room fitted by the police, and was then forced to pay the bedroom tax on it, won her case; so did Sue and Paul Rutherford, taxed for the spare room used to store equipment for their disabled grandson and to allow carers to stay over.

Two victories have been won in the Court of Appeal against the bedroom tax.

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Tory housing scandal

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Miles Kerin

On Tuesday 12 January, a Labour amendment to the Housing Bill, which would have ensured that all rented accommodation was suitable for living in, was defeated in the House of Commons by 312 votes to 219.

Local Government Minister, Marcus Jones, said the amendment would cause “unnecessary regulation and cost to landlords”. Tories don’t think landlords should be obliged to repair mouldy, damaged, unsafe or otherwise unsuitable housing.

A Labour amendment to the Housing Bill, which would have ensured that all rented accommodation was suitable for living in, was defeated in the House of Commons by 312 votes to 219.

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