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30 November 2016

The housing crisis - a toxic issue for the Tories

Almost everyone acknowledges there is a major housing crisis in the UK. As Paul Kershaw (Unite housing branch LE1111) explains, a chronic lack of affordable housing has been made worse by the government's

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23 November 2016

Tories drop 'pay to stay'

In a humiliating and massive u-turn, the Tory government has dropped plans to introduce 'pay to stay' as part of its Housing Act.

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16 November 2016

Socialism 2016: Putting socialism on the agenda

Struggle, internationalism and socialism, these ideas - and how powerful they can be in action - electrified the magnificent rallies and workshops at Socialism 2016

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9 November 2016

Read the Socialist

Reading the Socialist can boost our confidence to fight back. Cover to cover, you can hear working class people in their own words. It's an antidote to the pro-austerity ideas festering in the mainstream media and among establishment politicians.

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26 October 2016

Housing campaigners meet to plan resistance to the Housing Act

The new housing act will destroy social housing and smash up working class communities while doing nothing to help the desperate housing crisis if fully implemented. Over two hundred people attended the Axe the Housing Act 'summit' on 22 October to discuss how to fight back.

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19 October 2016

Butterfields housing victory

We had worked on an absolutely fantastic and ferocious campaign. Now we have won far more than we could have imagined.

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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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8 October 2016

Victory for 'We will not move' Butterfields tenants

Tenants on the Butterfields estate have secured a victory

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5 October 2016

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Royals get fat EU subsidies; flats for workers kept empty.

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28 September 2016

One million victims of 'rogue' landlords

A million renters are suffering at the hands of 'rogue landlords', finds a report for housing charity Shelter.

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13 September 2016

Butterfields financial appeal

Butterfields tenants have been fighting eviction since January 2016. They have put up spirited resistance. But now the new landlords are bringing possession summonses. The courts are stacked against tenants

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6 September 2016

John McDonnell pledges to help Butterfields tenants

Butterfields tenants joined a packed Momentum rally on Friday 3rd September at St Barnabas church in support of Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership election

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24 August 2016

Greenwich council tenants: We won't pay! We won't move!

Greenwich council is threatening 22,000 council residents with a rent increase in April 2017. The council has indicated that it will implement the housing act, including 'pay to stay'.

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24 August 2016

Local estate agents back Butterfields tenants

Estate agents are not generally known to turn down business. And with the property market in Walthamstow, east London booming, tenants and supporters of under-threat Butterfields did wonder what kind of response they might get on their "estate agent crawl".

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24 August 2016

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. New Duke of Westminster inherits billions; private landlords received 9 billion last year in tenants' housing benefit.

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19 August 2016

Immingham residents' housing battle

Hundreds of residents of the Washdyke estate were shocked at plans to demolish their homes.

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16 August 2016

A reply to Guardian writer John Harris

Under the headline 'If Trotskyists are on the march there's chaos ahead', John Harris wrote an article in the Guardian on 12.8.16 attacking Militant and the Socialist Party

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16 August 2016

Butterfields won't budge: Asset-stripping landlords must be stopped

Families on the small Butterfields estate in Walthamstow received notices to quit back in January. From the start they have fought tooth and nail to stay in their homes.

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10 August 2016

Axe the Housing Act: 'We can't pay, we'll organise and we'll stay'

The housing crisis continues to deepen under this rotten Tory government. Many renters are now shelling out over half their net income to private landlords. But despite the acute shortage of affordable housing, Teresa May's ministers are pursuing a vicious campaign against social housing tenants. This is on top of the Tories' vindictive 'bedroom tax'.

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6 July 2016

Defiant Butterfields tenants visit landlord's house

In these times of big profits for landlords in the rental sector, it's not uncommon for landlords to harass tenants. A letter demanding increased rent is usually enough to send the tenants packing. But not Butterfields tenants!

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