Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/947/25360

From The Socialist newspaper, 3 May 2017

Corbyn pledges a million homes and landlord regulation

Protesting against the effects of the housing crisis, photo Paul Mattsson

Protesting against the effects of the housing crisis, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

We say

Paula Mitchell, secretary, London Socialist Party

Jeremy Corbyn has promised 100,000 council homes a year if elected to government. Combined with 100,000 private sector homes, that totals a million new builds over the possible course of the next parliament.

And speaking at the end of London's recent May Day demonstration, John McDonnell rightly pledged to reinstate housing benefit for under-21s. Corbyn has also announced "tougher" standards for private landlords.

We face a massive lack of genuinely affordable housing, coupled with the 'bedroom tax', benefit caps, pay cuts and job losses. There are 800,000 too few homes in London alone, according to a 2013 estimate by London councils.

The current government, the government of the rich, wants to safeguard massive profits for landlords, building companies and property speculators, while driving working class people into misery.

So these recent policy announcements on housing will inspire many. Corbyn's job now is to build on them so they can start to really satisfy the needs of the working class, and to propose socialist measures to finance them.

'Regeneration' of council or housing association homes means gentrification and a loss of social housing - working class people's homes are replaced by luxury accommodation.

The Socialist Party fights for renovation without loss of social housing, lifetime tenancies, and the right of residents to vote on all changes. Corbyn should make these part of his programme.

Only 30% of the most upmarket homes in London are occupied full-time. Corbyn should also pledge to take over empty property for council housing.

Thousands of families have been forced out of London. Over 50,000 have been placed outside of their borough by local councils. Ending social cleansing means also promising to stop the sell-off and demolition of council homes - by Labour councils as well as others.

The Tories have already attacked the pledge to clamp down on bad landlords, saying higher standards will drive up rents. This is why it's important for Corbyn to reintroduce his policy of rent controls - which should mean caps, not just rules on how much prices can go up.

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition stands for a compulsory register of private landlords, to guarantee decent standards and control rents.

A million new homes is a very good start. Let's make that a million new council homes, rather than leaving half of them to market vultures.

Nationalising the large building companies and land would clear the way for that. And nationalising the banks under democratic control could ensure cheap mortgages for new buyers.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 3 May 2017:


What we think

Race against time for May as Corbyn sets out anti-austerity case


Socialist Party news and analysis

Jeremy Corbyn's workers' charter

Corbyn pledges a million homes and landlord regulation

McDonnell promises reversal of Tories' tax cuts for the super-rich

Corbyn pledges end to uni fees and school cuts

Corbyn government would lift NHS pay cap

Support for socialist programme in Labour Liverpool rally


Social care in crisis

Beyond the crisis point: saving social care


International socialist news and analysis

Packed court laughs down cutter Joan Burton's comparison to Marxist James Connolly

Trump's policies hit a wall


Socialist Students

NUS leadership: Blairites supported by establishment


Workplace news and analysis

Unison health conference: fury over leadership's feet dragging

Union leadership and Labour right challenged at shop workers' conference

McDonald's forced to back down on zero-hours

PCS elections - vote Democracy Alliance

Transport union protests against driver-only operation outside parliament


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

Rare opportunity to see Russian revolution lifted off the page


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Mersey metro-mayor TV debate

'Socialist Steve' takes on the robots

TUSC's south Wales challenge to pro-cuts parties


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Buy your ticket now for the political event of the year: Socialism 2017

Housing association workers' and tenants' alternative awards ceremony

Sheffield mental health campaigner: "austerity kills"


 

Home   |   The Socialist 3 May 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Jeremy Corbyn:

triangleThe Queen's Speech; and defending the right to protest

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleYoung socialists share ideas at London meeting

triangleProtests around the country demand: Tories out!

triangleWhole establishment exposed for role in Grenfell fire

Homes:

triangleAnger and grief on moving Grenfell marches

triangleJustice for Grenfell and safety for all

triangleLow-paid work till lunch to make rent

triangleOne in three borrow for rent, Corbyn pledges housing revolution

Housing:

triangleManchester housing maintenance dispute steps up action

triangleA comment on the horrific 'Tory carnage' in West London

triangleMassive failings led to Grenfell Tower fire - Rapid, fully funded action now

London:

triangleBarts Trust NHS workers vote for action over pay

Council:

triangle1980s Liverpool Militants replaced tower blocks with streets

Labour:

triangleTories and May stagger on amid crisis - get them out!

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

21/6/17

Trade unions

The have-yachts and the have-nots

21/6/17

Education

Open University facing huge cuts

21/6/17

Inflation

Inflation: Workers lose out - time for action

21/6/17

NHS

Kick out the Tories to save the NHS!

21/6/17

Protest

The Queen's Speech; and defending the right to protest

20/6/17

Socialist

Whole establishment exposed for role in Grenfell fire

20/6/17

Brexit

Tories and May stagger on amid crisis - get them out!

19/6/17

Racism

Finsbury Park attack: No to terror, racism, war and austerity!

14/6/17

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland: DUP propping up the Tories

14/6/17

London

Massive failings led to Grenfell Tower fire - Rapid, fully funded action now

14/6/17

Scotland

Scotland - SNP loses but Labour could've won more

14/6/17

Bonuses

City bosses' 40m bonuses as Number of food banks hits 2,000

14/6/17

Low-paid

Low-paid work till lunch to make rent

14/6/17

Trump

Corbyn surge beats Trump

14/6/17

Young workers

Young workers in unions earn 20% more

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle21 Jun Justice for Grenfell and safety for all

triangle21 Jun Cabin crew calls two-week walkout over blacklisting accusations

triangle21 Jun Anger and grief on moving Grenfell marches

triangle21 Jun The Queen's Speech; and defending the right to protest

triangle20 Jun Whole establishment exposed for role in Grenfell fire

triangle20 Jun Tories and May stagger on amid crisis - get them out!

triangle19 Jun Finsbury Park attack: No to terror, racism, war and austerity!

More ...

triangle24 Jun Tamil Solidarity Day

triangle25 Jun East Midlands Socialist Party: Rebellion - Then and Now

triangle1 Jul London: Tories Out national demonstration

triangle3 Jul West Cheshire Socialist Party: Prepare for the next steps towards JC4PM

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2