Roll back Universal Credit roll-out Matthew Mon, 10/16/2017 - 08:55
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The Government is coming under pressure to halt the roll-out of Universal Credit, the new benefit which is replacing six existing ones: Jobseekers' Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Income Support.

£54 billion for private landlords

Submitted by Matthew on 4 October, 2017 - 8:46 Author: Gerry Bates

Private landlords have become the dominant force in housing in Britain, raking in £54 billion in rent in the year June 2016 to June 2017, while the interest paid by house-buyers to banks and financiers went down to £27 billion.

Almost half the rent payments are made by younger people, and the slice of household income spent on housing has trebled over the past 50 years.

Young people pay higher rents for smaller, less secure rented flats and houses, and have longer commutes, than in the 1960s.

Grenfell inquiry begins

Submitted by cathy n on 21 September, 2017 - 4:48 Author: Gemma Short

The inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire opened on Friday 15 September. Those affected have little confidence that it will yield justice.

The inquiry will not examine the wider social and political context of the fire, including social housing, and was criticised by Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack as being a “mighty kick of some really fundamental issues into some very long grass”.

Grenfell’s forgotten victims

Submitted by Matthew on 12 July, 2017 - 10:37 Author: Gemma Short and Hugh Daniels

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire who were in the UK illegally have been told they will only get 12 months limited leave to remain by the Home Office. In a year’s time people could be forcibly deported. This, despite an appeal from the police just two weeks ago for people to come forward with information about those who were living in the tower, and for survivors to come forward to receive support, where the police claimed that immigration status would not be a problem.

Grenfell: the powerful are still not listening Matthew Mon, 07/03/2017 - 11:46

So far all 95 tower blocks which have had their cladding tested since the fire at Grenfell in Kensington, west London, have failed fire safety standards. These buildings are potentially as dangerous for their tenants as Grenfell was. Many hundreds of buildings are still to be tested.

Grenfell Fire: Never Again! Off The Rails Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:01

This is a joint blog post from Tubeworker and Off The Rails.

The working-class people killed in the Grenfell Fire were killed because they were working-class. They were killed for being working-class — and, many of them, for being people of colour, and/or from migrant backgrounds — and not being able to afford better quality housing, or to afford legal representation to challenge the negligence of their landlords that tenants' groups had called out for years.

Corbyn is right: occupy the palaces of the rich to help the homeless! martin Tue, 06/20/2017 - 18:49

Jeremy Corbyn has demanded that the empty houses of the rich in Kensington be requisitioned to house the victims of the Grenfell fire.

Why is the basic human need of shelter privatised? Why is land distributed so that some have large homes with many spare rooms, or multiple homes, and others are packed into overcrowded death-traps?

How can we have empty homes when 170,000 people are homeless in London alone?

Justice for Grenfell!

Submitted by Gemma_S on 17 June, 2017 - 8:37 Author: Gemma Short

Late at night on Tuesday 13 June, a fire gutted Grenfell Tower in west London.

It is likely that a large number of people have died: firefighters have told people the number will be in triple figures. Many hundreds of people's lives have been destroyed as their family members, friends, neighbours, and homes have been taken from them.

Our solidarity is with those families and with the emergency service workers who battled to save them whilst witnessing harrowing scenes.

Labour: rebuild the welfare state

Submitted by Matthew on 24 May, 2017 - 11:53 Author: Gemma Short

The welfare state created by the 1945 Labour government was a little bit of the “political economy of the working class” carved out of a still capitalist economy (a phrase Karl Marx first used to describe the victory of the fight for a ten-hour working day).

To some extent the ruling class has been forced to accept a minimal level of state provision. There is a constant battle over what proportion of profits is redirected, over who should receive support, and what sort of support is given. The ruling class has been winning that battle for some time.