Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/820/19035

From The Socialist newspaper, 31 July 2014

Hackney tenants get organised

Lindsey Garrett from the New Era Estate in Hoxton spoke to Brian Debus from Hackney Socialist Party. Hackney rents and property prices have been among the fastest growing in the country. In the last year New Era rents have been increased by over 100 a month. The super-rich Tory landlord's clear intention is to drive out the existing tenants and to make massive profits at their expense. Lindsey explains how the tenants are organising:

"The current proposals are to build an extra two floors on top of the existing blocks. This depends on Benyon Estates getting planning permission this October/November.

Owner Richard Benyon just happens to be Britain's richest Tory MP with a home bigger than the 90 flats on the New Era estate. They are also planning to put the rents up to the so called market value by 2016. This would mean increasing the rents to 500/600 a week, four times the current level.

Tenants are furious and disgusted by these proposals. Generations of families have lived here. One lady has lived here over 70 years since the estate was built in the 1930s. We have now established a tenants' organisation with officers and a rep in each block to coordinate our activities.

We have had lots of media interest and support from trade unions, Focus 15, DIGS and other groups. We are planning to start publicly petitioning from this Saturday in Hoxton Market. We are also going to hold regular monthly meetings of tenants. We are planning to hold protests locally and more widely. We have established a Facebook page, 'New Era 4 All'.

We want to spread our campaign to draw on as much support as possible, and link this to the issue of affordable rents for all. We all want the right to live where we are with our friends and family and not face evictions or extortionate rents."


Even Jonathon Portes from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research says:
"Subsidising construction is likely to be better than subsidising consumption through rents".
The only answer to these profiteering landlords is rent controls and a mass council house-building programme of hundreds of thousands of new homes to be built every year to house the homeless and knock the profit out of homes. Sound impossible? In the 1950s local authorities built as many as 245,000 units a year. In the 21st century as few as 130 council houses have been built each year, with both Labour and Con-Dem governments guilty.


Who can 'afford' that?

Figures: FT

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


In The Socialist 31 July 2014:


Middle East

No more carnage in Gaza - Mass struggle to end the siege - Stop Israeli state terror

Gaza in crisis - Mass action needed to stop bloodshed

Thousands march against slaughter in Gaza


Socialist Party feature

WW1 - 100 years since the great slaughter


Socialist Party

Obituary: Dave Boyes

Socialism 2014: Ideas to change the world

Socialist Party news


Socialist Party news and analysis

Economic recovery - so where's our share-out?

Student loan sell-off plan scrapped

More police spying revelations

Miliband needs a makeover... ...of his party and his politics

Them & Us


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

10/hr Now! Because the bills keep coming and the rent won't wait!

Tolpuddle martyrs rally

And now for something completely different... a barricaded cinema

Hackney tenants get organised

Solidarity with Birmingham student occupiers

Southampton: Channel 4's Immigration Street condemned

Rugby League: Have Featherstone fans got their club back?


Socialist Party workplace news

Passport Office strikes for jobs and decent pay

Reinstate Bryan Kennedy

The games that Glasgow Labour plays

Doncaster Care UK workers striking for 2 weeks

Workplace news in brief


 

Home   |   The Socialist 31 July 2014   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Hackney:

triangleHackney school bus workers walk out

triangleHackney & Islington Socialist Party: The Winter of Discontent

triangleHackney & Islington Socialist Party: Reform or Revolution

triangleHackney: Unite fights racism and victimisation

triangleWorkplace and union news in brief

Tenants:

triangleArrogant landlords can be beaten

triangleThe Tories' letting fee ban is full of holes - we need rent controls and council homes!

triangleHomelessness, Universal Credit misery, high rents, cramped flats, isolated estates...end the housing crisis!

triangleTories pledge three-year private tenancies: fight for rent caps and council homes

Rents:

triangleHousing arrears double, suicide risk soars - scrap Universal Credit!

triangleUniversal credit = universal misery

triangleRents soar 60% faster than pay - while spivs plan luxury homes on Green Belt

Housing:

triangleThem & Us

triangleCuts councils massage homelessness figures

Evictions:

triangleTory on homeless: "tear down these tents"

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

3/4/19

Hackney

Hackney & Islington Socialist Party: The Winter of Discontent

27/3/19

Hackney

Hackney & Islington Socialist Party: Reform or Revolution

20/3/19

EU

Trade unionists debate the EU

20/3/19

Pay

End austerity. Fight for a living wage!

20/3/19

PCS

PCS: Vote Yes to strike for better pay

20/3/19

Birmingham

Victory for Birmingham bin workers

20/3/19

Women

Stop cuts to women's services in Leicester

20/3/19

May Day

Help build the workers' press: send May Day greetings to the Socialist!

20/3/19

Socialist Party

Socialist Party Northern conference: Workers are sick of cuts and have the power to fight back

20/3/19

Racism

Union fightback key to movement against racism and austerity

20/3/19

Midlands

Midlands machine bearing makers launch all-out strike

20/3/19

Hackney

Hackney school bus workers walk out

13/3/19

Hull

Memorial to working-class fighters who fought fascism

13/3/19

Racism

No to racism - Fight for socialism

13/3/19

Southampton

Southampton: Socialist stand against cuts

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999