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Posted on 25 February 2014 at 15:01 GMT

TUSC campaigners call for rent controls

Socialist Party press release - 25 February 2014

Socialist Party members will be taking part in a Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) protest outside the Landlord and Letting Show at the Barbican, London, on Wednesday 26 February from 9am.

Protesters will call for rent controls and an end to rip-off landlords - for rent caps instead of benefit caps.

Reports over the past few days have shown how millionaire landlords are making fortunes out of housing benefit.

Landlords will collect 9.2 billion from housing benefit this year alone - in many cases for doing very little. One million privately rented homes fail to meet basic safety standards.

Britain's richest MP, Tory Richard Benyon - 'worth' 110 million - is piling up 625,000 a year from housing benefit claimants. So if he wants to cut the benefit bill, he should start by cutting the rents he charges.

Ukip's housing spokesperson, Andrew Charalambous, collected 745,351 from housing benefit, again showing how his party are just another group of hypocritical millionaires.

And today it's been reported that the Duchy of Cornwall and Crown Estates receive over 200,000 a year from housing benefits.

This money should instead be going to building and renovating affordable, publically owned housing.

Across London, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition local election candidates are demanding:
Join the protest: Wednesday 26 February, 9am, Hall 2, Barbican Centre, corner of Golden lane/Beech Street tunnel, London EC2Y 8AD - nearest tube Barbican.

TUSC's policy platform can be read at http://www.tusc.org.uk/policy.php

For more information form the Socialist Party about TUSC, and for interviews, contact 020 8988 8779 or bobsevern@socialistparty.org.uk

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