Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/961/26092

From The Socialist newspaper, 6 September 2017

Them & Us

Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon

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)

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.

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


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?'


 

Home   |   The Socialist 6 September 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Them & Us:

triangleThem & Us

triangleThem & Us

triangleThem & us

triangleThem & Us

triangleThem & us

US:

triangleBezos housing hypocrisy

triangleThe ongoing capitalist crisis and the struggle for a socialist world

triangleThem & us

triangleTrump ally prosecutions

Debt:

triangleStudents unite and fight - free education now!

triangle10 years since the financial crash - the socialist answer to capitalist crisis

triangleBritish capitalism in crisis

Students:

triangleSocialist Students campaigns at Hull freshers fair

triangleMobilise mass student fightback

Housing:

triangle250,000 families in "non-decent" homes

Homes:

triangleHackney Socialist Party: Build a movement against racism

Tories:

triangleTUC congress Brexit debate: unions must lead fight for a general election

University:

triangleLeicester UCU fights redundancies

Pay:

triangleUniversity pay ballot: vote yes for strike action!

Government:

triangleReading council plans privatisation - set a no-cuts budget instead!

Labour:

triangleThe fog of Brexit

Britain:

triangleBosses' pay up a fifth while workers' pay falls ...

Austerity:

triangle4m children in homes that can't afford fruit and veg

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

19/9/18

Labour Party

Blairites must go

19/9/18

Student

Mobilise mass student fightback

19/9/18

Housing

250,000 families in "non-decent" homes

19/9/18

EU

The fog of Brexit

19/9/18

What we saw

What we saw

19/9/18

Rail

Rail rip-off reversal

19/9/18

Momentum

Momentum's 'The World Transformed' blocks discussion on Liverpool council struggle

19/9/18

Labour Party

The struggle to transform Labour

18/9/18

Drug companies

Big drugs companies dodge 3 billion pounds in tax

13/9/18

PCS

PCS: the real issues at stake - a reply to Socialist View

12/9/18

Labour Party

Corbyn must lead in fight against the Blairites

12/9/18

Capitalism

Fearful bosses call for 'fairer capitalism'...

12/9/18

Food

4m children in homes that can't afford fruit and veg

12/9/18

Them & Us

Them & Us

12/9/18

Academies

School students in solitary: for full funding, not exclusion!

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: 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


September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999