Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/879/21757

From The Socialist newspaper, 18 November 2015

Them & Us

Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon

Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon   (Click to enlarge)

Homeless kids...

Over 100,000 children in the UK will be homeless this Christmas.

Housing charity Shelter makes this the highest level since the 2008 financial crisis. Numbers are up by 15,000 on last year.

Families forced into temporary bed-and-breakfast accommodation, up by a quarter in the past year alone, total 27,000. This means a threefold increase since Tory David Cameron came to power in 2010.

Many children are forced to share beds with their parents. And it is no surprise that insecure, cramped conditions have led to heart-breaking anxiety and depression in youngsters.

The total figure is equivalent to four homeless children in every school in Britain.

...empty homes

Meanwhile, England and Wales have more than a million homes lying empty, according to the Office for National Statistics.

And in Scotland, recent figures from the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership count at least 4.3 billion worth of housing unused. That's 27,000 homes - but Scotland's waiting list totals about 150,000 households.

But this housing is in private hands, waiting to be turned into profit. The Socialist says: nationalise empty homes!

The number of 'property millionaires' - who own homes totalling more than 1 million - has doubled since 2012. Property website Zoopla estimates there are now half a million in the UK.

And in spite of empty homes, many urban areas suffer from appalling overcrowding. The number of households with six people or more rose by a quarter between 2001 and 2011.

A mass programme of council house building could solve this and create jobs.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 18 November 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

How to defend Corbyn and defeat austerity

We can defeat the Tory cuts!

Tories flog bank assets to hellhound US profiteers

Athletics doping scandal: big business profits behind global sports corruption

Councils won't spend a penny

Them & Us


Socialist Party features

The end of social housing? How can we solve the housing crisis?

How can young people organise to support Jeremy Corbyn?


International socialist news and analysis

Paris terror attacks


Workplace news and analysis

Junior doctors: first strikes in 40 years

Trade union action needed to fight for steel jobs

Historic London bus drivers' agreement

Reinstate sacked CWU reps

Pro-Corbyn mood among Usdaw members

Support for Roger Bannister in Unison election

Workplace news in brief


Readers' comments and reviews

All NHS unions should join junior doctors' strike

A day in the life of a Game retail worker

Why I joined: "I already feel as if I am finally home"

Robert Tressell's characters are all too real to me

My struggle for an income I can live on


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Labour bans union activist

Thousands march against India premier's bloody sectarianism

Strike to save Lambeth libraries

Gaining momentum in Lewisham

Anger at care home closure


 

Home   |   The Socialist 18 November 2015   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Them & Us:

triangleThem & Us

triangleThem & Us

triangleThem & us

triangleThem & Us

triangleThem & us

US:

triangleChinese state's imposition of draconian law reignites Hong Kong protests

triangleGoing viral - Socialist comments and letters

triangleTrump, coronavirus, capitalism, and the presidential race

triangleA new world order - global reconstruction after World War Two

Homes:

triangleLeicester care workers face pay cut and worse conditions

triangleGoing viral: Socialist comments and letters on the corona crisis

triangleHomeless left on streets during pandemic

Housing:

triangleStarmer in full retreat over C-19 rents crisis

triangleHomes needed to end overcrowding

Homeless:

triangleKey workers should make bold demands

Children:

triangleSchools aren't safe

Scotland:

triangleRoyal Mail dispute: Interview with a CWU branch secretary

Households:

triangleSelf-isolation class divide: decent homes for all!

Wales:

triangleSocial partnership is an attempt to shackle trade unions and prevent industrial action

Shelter:

triangleHousing - bold, socialist measures necessary

Britain:

triangle1920s Britain: A "country nearer Bolshevism than at any time since"

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

29/5/20

Labour

Lessons from the Corbyn experience

27/5/20

TUC

Covid crisis boosts union membership but TUC leaders want to cosy up to the bosses!

27/5/20

Coronavirus

Reckless, lying cheats

26/5/20

Coronavirus

Coronavirus pandemic news in brief

26/5/20

Coronavirus

More blunders and profiteering in Tory track-and-trace scheme

26/5/20

Coronavirus

United action can defeat Tories' dangerous school plan

25/5/20

Coronavirus

Care home workers suffer PPE shortage and job loss fears

22/5/20

Coronavirus

Black and Asian Covid-19 deaths: an indictment of capitalist inequality

20/5/20

Coronavirus

Johnson's reckless 'back to school' plans threaten everyone's safety

20/5/20

Coronavirus

Confidence plummets in Tory strategy for Covid-19

20/5/20

Benefits

Universal Basic Income: not a solution to insecurity and poverty under capitalism

20/5/20

Covid

Furlough cut-off could force millions back to unsafe workplaces

20/5/20

Council

Crisis in council services: Labour must fight or stand aside

20/5/20

Rich

Rich get handouts - workers get pay cuts

19/5/20

Coronavirus

Transport workers and passengers mustn't pay the price

triangleMore News and socialist analysis 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: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 07748 534 891

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999