Housing

Fight for the private renters!

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Matt Cooper

There were only muted howls of anger from the rich who lost most from the changes to stamp duty on house sales in George Osborne’s Autumn statement.

That’s because those who will be paying an extra £163,750 on their £5 million house can afford it and they realise that this is a bid by the party of the rich to cling onto power in next year’s general election.

After years of growth in home ownership, the numbers able to afford to buy are in decline,; many people are reliant on private rentals. The 2011 census showed that the number living in private rented accommodation had increased by 69% since 2001, while the proportion in mortgaged homes has declined by 15 per cent. It is mainly younger people, many with families, who are priced out of the property market.

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Stop landlord rip-offs:control rents!

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Colin Foster

The tenants’ campaign on the New Era estate in Hoxton, east London, has spotlighted the rise of a fight back by private tenants.

“When our estate was bought by new owners”, say the New Era tenants, “we were given rent rises of 10% and told to expect greater rises next year, as the new owners wanted rents to be at ‘market levels’. In Hoxton... this means over £500 a week”.

Current rents are about £160 a week, so most tenants face being forced out of their homes.

Three trends have come together.

The tenants’ campaign on the New Era estate in Hoxton, east London, has spotlighted the rise of a fight back by private tenants.

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Fight rent rises!

The housing crisis in London has not bypassed student accommodation one bit.

Currently students at UCL halls of accommodation in Camden are organising weekly meetings to fight back against worsening living conditions (including no hot water for two weeks) as well as above-inflation increases in rent year by year.

UCL is one of the worst offenders for overpriced student housing, with an average price of £157.77 per week for a basic single room, and many rooms costing more than £200. Many students are having to pay more for their rent than they receive in their student loan.

The housing crisis in London has not bypassed student accommodation one bit.

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The socialist answer to UKIP

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Editorial

Tory defector Douglas Carswell became UKIP’s first elected MP on 9 October, and another Tory defector, Mark Reckless, may win on 20 November in Rochester and Strood. We examine UKIP’s manifesto.

UKIP: “Migrants are a drain on UK resources, including benefits and NHS”

A socialist response to UKIP's mainfesto.

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Trade union support for Focus E15 campaign

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Ruth Cashman

The following text is based on the motion passed by Lambeth Unison. Please put a version in your branch!

FOCUS E15 CAMPAIGN: "SOCIAL HOUSING, NOT SOCIAL CLEANSING"

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Lambeth Council Unison in South London has passed a motion in support of the Focus E15 campaign around housing being waged by young mothers and mothers-to-be in Newham. Please put a similar motion to your union branch.

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E15 mums lead housing battle

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Michael Johnson

Activists from the Focus E15 campaign have occupied an empty property on the Carpenters Estate to highlight the mismatch between the empty homes there and Newham's growing waiting list for social housing.

The campaign started after last year's funding cuts by Labour-run Newham Council, with a group of young mothers fighting eviction from their homes at a hostel.

Activists from the Focus E15 campaign have occupied an empty property on the Carpenters Estate to highlight the mismatch between the empty homes there and Newham's growing waiting list for social housing.

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These homes need people

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Gerry Bates

The Focus E15 Mothers campaign has occupied empty property on the Carpenters estate near Stratford station.

The women started their social housing campaign last year when Newham council evicted them from a hostel for young parents and said they would have to move out of London. They won the right to take up temporary private housing tenancies but these end soon. Meanwhile large parts of housing on the Carpenters estate lies empty, and Newham council’s housing waiting list is 24,000.

The Focus E15 Mothers campaign has occupied empty property on the Carpenters estate near Stratford station.

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The Baroness Thatcher and Dame Shirley Porter

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Sean Matgamna

DAME Shirley Porter, the Tesco heiress, was to Tory local government in the 1980s what Margaret Thatcher was to Tory central government - a crass, proud, ruthless, seemingly efficient, mix-it-with-the opposition defender of the sacred cause of free enterprise.

Dame Shirley ran the City of Westminster as Thatcher ran Britain. Now Lady Porter and her lieutenants are revealed in a report by the District Auditor to have run Westminster Council like a bunch of cynical ward-heeling New York political gangsters of an earlier age.

DAME Shirley Porter, the Tesco heiress, was to Tory local government in the 1980s what Margaret Thatcher was to Tory central government. They ran Westminster Council like a bunch of New York political gangsters of an earlier age.

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Baroness Thatcher and Dame Shirley Porter

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Sean Matgamna

DAME Shirley Porter, the Tesco heiress, was to Tory local government in the 1980s what Margaret Thatcher was to Tory central government - a crass, proud, ruthless, seemingly efficient, mix-it-with-the opposition defender of the sacred cause of free enterprise.

Dame Shirley ran the City of Westminster as Thatcher ran Britain. Now Lady Porter and her lieutenants are revealed in a report by the District Auditor to have run Westminster Council like a bunch of cynical ward-heeling New York political gangsters of an earlier age.

DAME Shirley Porter, the Tesco heiress, was to Tory local government in the 1980s what Margaret Thatcher was to Tory central government. They ran Westminster Council like a bunch of New York political gangsters of an earlier age.

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Tenant evictions reach record high

The number of tenants being evicted has reached its highest level for over a decade.

According to the Ministry of Justice, between January and March this year, landlords made 47,220 court claims to repossess property — and average of over 500 repossession claims a day.

The rise in evictions comes from welfare cuts, housing shortages and stagnant wages.

The Bedroom Tax, which docks housing benefit for those with a spare bedroom is also responsible.

The number of tenants being evicted has reached its highest level for over a decade.

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