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1 February 2017

Slave labour at Sports Direct

The news that two brothers were jailed at Nottingham Crown Court for trafficking vulnerable people to work at Sports Direct in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, will have shocked and angered many, writes Karen Seymour.

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30 November 2016

Homelessness - capitalism is destroying people's lives

My partner and I are living in what's known as emergency accommodation. It's a small room which costs the council 150 a week. The building is old and falling apart. It's dusty and often we have to wipe the walls with bleach to get rid of black mould.

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23 November 2016

3.5bn on temporary housing for councils

Councils have spent a disgraceful 3.5 billion in the last five years keeping homeless vulnerable families in temporary accommodation. They should spend the cash building homes!

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9 November 2016

Build housing for the kids without homes this Xmas

That any children are homeless in Britain, a rich country, is a crime - yet housing charity Shelter predicts there will be 120,000 children homeless this Christmas!

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2 November 2016

What we saw

Billionaires' club extends to UK; students refuse to award best digs prize; Plaid Cymru councillor loses rag when accused of cuts profits.

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26 October 2016

Homeless sleeping rough: councils must build housing

Homeless charity St Mungo's has released a report detailing that many of its clients had been advised by councils to sleep rough before they could access services.

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12 October 2016

Butterfields victory: housing crisis can be beaten

When we organise and fight back, we can win. That's the lesson of the Butterfields Won't Budge campaign.

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14 September 2016

Students and workers unite to cut rents

Student housing crisis: It's no secret that house prices and living costs are unaffordable for most working class people. It's also no secret that students have been hammered by successive governments, which have increased tuition fees and axed maintenance grants.

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7 September 2016

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Super-rich pensioners will soon be able to move into a retirement home with a tunnel direct to Harrods. Meanwhile, two fifths of care homes are substandard due to cuts.

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6 July 2016

Rough sleeper death sparks calls for action

The death of a homeless man, sleeping rough in the centre of Chatham for over a year, has brought calls for action over the spiralling housing crisis in Kent's Medway towns.

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8 June 2016

Dangerous, dirty and damp: the unseen world of temporary accommodation

I am a single mother with two children under five. I am fleeing domestic violence, rape and financial abuse from my ex-partner. As a result I have been forced into homelessness, writes 'Shelly'.

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8 June 2016

Housing: Let's reclaim our right to dream again!

Britain's housing crisis affects many but in particular the generations after the 'baby boomers' of the 1950s and 60s, writes Amalia.

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25 May 2016

Campaigning for a people's plan for Waltham Forest

"These plans are an onslaught. We all agree that we need housing - but what kind of housing? We also want an expansion in amenities, schools, health, parking, in a planned, sensible coordinated fashion. We want the cuts to stop."

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13 April 2016

Houses for offshore investment, we're stuck at home

The Panama Papers proved what many people already know, that the rich will do whatever they can to hide their vast sums of money and avoid paying tax.

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6 April 2016

London Labour councils purge housing waiting lists

Labour councils in London have sat on their hands as the national housing crisis grips their boroughs. Now they resort to cooking the books and 'pop-up homes' to cover it up.

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9 March 2016

We need socialist policies to end the housing crisis

Workers in the UK are suffering a severe housing crisis that is only set to get worse. A landlord-friendly Tory government is turning this crisis into a disaster for millions of households.

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2 March 2016

Housing nightmare the focus of student campaign

Amy Cousens has had one of the most visible campaigns on campus with banners calling for free education and affordable rents in Leeds.

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27 January 2016

Red doors and wristbands scandal

Refugees and asylum seekers in Middlesbrough, Teesside, have been experiencing daily abuse and attack. Their homes were marked out with red-painted doors. Meanwhile in Cardiff, a private housing firm has been marking the asylum seekers it accommodates with compulsory red wristbands.

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20 January 2016

Housing crisis reaches level of 1960s

Imagine that you live in a terraced house on a street that has, at one end, an airport and, at the other, a large factory, writes Bob Severn, private tenant, Birmingham.

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4 November 2015

Struggle for solidarity with refugees must be anti-austerity

Under huge pressure Cameron has agreed to take in 20,000 refugees.

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