Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/955/25799
From The Socialist newspaper, 5 July 2017
Newcastle tenants demand answers from Labour council
Rock Terrace tower blocks in Newcastle, photo by Stephen Richards/CC (Click to enlarge)
William Jarrett, Newcastle Socialist Party
On 27 June I attended a meeting organised by concerned tenants of Your Homes Newcastle (YHN), an arms-length management organisation (Almo) of Newcastle City Council, at Cruddas Park tower in the city's west end.
Tenants revealed a shocking array of safety violations catalogued throughout Newcastle's tower blocks in the fortnight since the Grenfell Tower disaster, explicitly referring to them as being potentially criminally negligent.
Included among them were failures to install smoke detectors, faulty windows, lack of fire extinguishers, and doors which sealed a tenant inside of their home during a fire alarm.
A member of Newcastle council Labour group, Dipu Ahad, questioned whether the meeting was organised by actual tenants. But a BBC Look North film crew present didn't question the meeting's authenticity, and were keen to interview residents.
Councillor Ahad said that if the campaign was going to be "hijacked"(!), then "we" - presumably Newcastle's Labour group - "can't help".
This drew the ire of Diane, a campaign organiser and YHN tenant. The possibility of rent strikes was also discussed.
The Socialist Party rejects all outsourcing of council housing, whether through Almos or private companies. Services must be returned in-house, and fully funded, for proper oversight and regulation.
I offered our solidarity and support to the campaign, and committed to undertake activity with them to hold YHN and Newcastle City Council to account to ensure safe housing for all.
Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.
In The Socialist 5 July 2017:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Public sector wages - Pay up!
Jobstown victory: protest is not a crime!
Blairite EU rebellion: no to the bosses' Single Market
Fight establishment's Grenfell insults: no to cover-up, safety for all!
Hillsborough: six charged due to determination of justice campaign
Tories' tuition fees wobble: fight for free education!
Readers' comments and reviews
200-year miscarriage of justice exposing ruling class
Transport strategy: London's mayor is no visionary
The Socialist inbox
What we think
1 July demo: anger and enthusiasm shows potential mass movement
Socialist Party workplace news
'Jubilant' hospital workers strike against poverty pay in east London
Support the Merseyrail strikes against DOO
RMT conference opens debate on Labour and pledges to fight anti-union laws
Bin workers' anger boils over into strike action
Unison conference: Socialist Party argues for a socialist Brexit
Surrey FBU pass no confidence motion
BA cabin crew blacklisting strike starts
Leeds: Nurses' union RCN says 'scrap the cap'
Pride 2017: we need a fighting, socialist movement for LGBT+ rights
Lessons from the Russian revolution for LGBT+ struggle today
NI abortion u-turn
Weakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn
Haringey: stop demolition of homes and communities
South London tower block residents plan safety campaign
Newcastle tenants demand answers
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
East London community demands action after racist attacks
Another record fighting fund quarter!
From Militant to the Socialist Party - what you thought
Pensioners oppose DUP deal
The Socialist 5 July 2017 |
Join the Socialist
| Audio | PDF | ebook
Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777
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