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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 September 2017
Them & Us
Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon (Click to enlarge)
£2.5bn for landlords...
Rogue landlords in England get £2.5 billion a year from the government. Owners of unsafe or substandard private rental homes make the sum on housing benefit paid to struggling tenants.
The total cost of this landlord handout - including non-rogue landlords - has leapt £4 billion since 2010. On average, private landlords are squeezing 22% more rent from us than when the Tories came to power.
... 1.4m slums for us
And how many of these shoddy pads are we forced to put up with? 1.4 million - 29% of all private rentals. Even in social housing, cutter councils have let 525,000 homes slip below decency standards.
Meanwhile, central government is trying to block even very limited landlord licensing schemes. And both Tory and Blairite local authorities continue to sell off council homes.
Network Rail overground railway train Train Photos (Creative Commons), photo Train Photos (Creative Commons) (Click to enlarge)
£50bn for train firms...
Privatised train firms suck up £50 billion more than nationalised rail, according to a new accountancy study.
Massive inefficiencies include bureaucracy in a fragmented system, costlier carriage leasing and track upgrades - and, of course, private profit.
Dividends alone - never mind executive salaries and clever accounting - registered £228 million in 2015-16.
... -£2,888 for us
But prices for us are going up 3.6% - to an average of £2,888 for a season ticket, says Labour. The latest outrageous hike is in line with 'RPI' inflation - while average wage growth is only 2%.
That's yet another real-terms pay cut for austerity Britain - meaning more money for the bosses.
Uni boss's digs...
A vice chancellor who earns £227,000 a year says his uni should pay for his house.
Craig Mahoney, head of the University of West Scotland, said: "I can't do my job properly because I'm not provided with a house.
"My job involves a lot of entertaining."
... students' debt
Meanwhile the poorest students in England will leave with £57,000 debt - that's £14,000 more than wealthier students.
Students in the bottom 40% of household incomes have higher costs than those in the top 30%.
Why? The Blairites introduced fees, the Liberal Democrats tripled them, and the Tories replaced the living grant with an interest-making loan.
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In The Socialist 6 September 2017:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Fight council cuts - back the Brum bin strikers!
Historic McStrike: if we don't get it, shut it down!
Problem gambling soars by 33%
UN slams Tories for disabled rights ruin
Them & Us
What we think
Tories weak: time for the TUC to act
Schools and teaching
Schools and teaching: A perfect storm of cuts, underfunding, excessive workloads and low pay
Socialist Party workplace news
Strike together for better pay
RMT fighting for passenger safety, accessibility and security
Merseyrail strike over safety: Labour mayor and councillors must reverse their decision
Three week Argos strike ends
Fawley refinery canteen strikers tell their employer: "pay up"
College workers ballot for action in Nottingham
International socialist news and analysis
Hurricane Harvey: A tragedy made far worse by capitalism
Extreme weather events and global warming
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Determined protest against Chatsworth Ward closure
Young people are searching for an alternative - find it at Socialism 2017
Huddersfield A&E closure goes to judicial review
Three thousand attend Burston strike commemoration rally
Bristol's Labour mayor calls anti-austerity march - now stop making cuts!
Demonstrators see off far-right in Keighley
Anti-fracking campaigners' legal fight
Socialist Party comments and reviews
How the Single Market blocks socialist policies
Bosses' pensions robbery
Magic money tree
Warts-and-all account of class war and the struggle for LGBT+ rights
'Let the producers of wealth unite - and what can withstand them?'
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