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From The Socialist newspaper, 16 June 2021

Pandemic homeless

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The so-called eviction ban ended at the end of May. But a legal ban on evictions, even when enforced, did not prevent tens of thousands becoming homeless during the pandemic. Over 130,000 households in England were made homeless during the first year of the pandemic, a series of freedom of information requests by the Observer found.

Many of these households would have found themselves no longer able to stay with family or friends during the periods of lockdown, revealing the extent of 'hidden homelessness' or 'sofa surfing'. Others would have come to the end of their tenancy, unable to find or afford new accommodation, or be fleeing domestic abuse.

What is needed is a re-introduction of the legal ban on evictions, but also a huge investment in the building of council homes, and a strengthening of tenants' right to secure tenancies. (Read more: 'Housing crisis: what now and after the pandemic?' at socialistparty.org.uk)

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In The Socialist 16 June 2021:


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Left candidate needed for Unite general secretary election

Majority of BFAWU members vote to break from Labour

Right lose control in Unison NEC election

Sparks win victory!

Engineers in fourth week of strike action against huge fire-and-rehire attacks

Leicester University workers strike against redundancies

PCS conference 2021: Divide between union leaders and rank-and-file exposed

Socialist Party to the fore at Unison LG conference

Redbridge school walkout over victimised union rep


NHS

Underpaid and overworked - NHS workers say: 'Enough is enough'

Now is the time to fight for the NHS

Save Leicester General Hospital


International news

Will Biden's new foreign policy change the direction of US imperialism?

Tamil Solidarity asylum victory

Who represents the Palestinians?

International solidarity protests


News

Make vaccine technology public, nationalise big-pharma

Schools need resources to tackle 'routine' sexual harassment

Neonatal leave introduced: Unions must fight for extensions and full pay

Beth Roper inquest: Train company failures ignored

Birmingham Clean Air Zone a tax on the poor

Johnson's G7 hypocrisy

Pandemic homeless


Campaigns and party news

Enfield byelection: We need councillors prepared to resist

Queues at Socialist Party stall in Cov

National finance meeting


Readers' opinion

Women's health matters

Books that inspired me: The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists

Readers' comments


 

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