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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 November 2015
Them & Us
Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon (Click to enlarge)
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.
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.
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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
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