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The Socialist 28 January 2015

Austerity elite can be beaten

The Socialist issue 841

Syriza victory shows austerity elite can be beaten

Is the Green Party the answer?

Government welfare cuts: No to sanctions!

Tories and Labour refuse moratorium on fracking

Davos summit: 'The pitchforks are coming!'

Quantitative Easing: Socialism for the rich!

'Defenders of democracy' mourn despot's death

Them & Us


Gearing up for largest anti-cuts election challenge yet

Election Appeal 2015


End the housing crisis

Extra, extra! Socialist needs new sales!

Lib-Lab political bung scandal

Leicester marches for free education

Burns' Night a blazing success


Book review: Unison bureaucracy unmasked

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Shapps' lies on housing

Inept waste site renationalised


Usdaw elections: 'We need a winning, fighting union'

RMT forces DLR bosses back

NI Water workers' victory

Workplace news in brief

 
 
 
 
 

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Shapps' lies on housing

New Era estate tenants, photo Judy Beishon

New Era estate tenants, photo Judy Beishon   (Click to enlarge)

Tory party chair Grant Shapps claimed recently that Britain's council housing waiting list had fallen. This was because of the bedroom tax, he claimed: "Rather than the taxpayer paying for rooms to be empty, they're paying for people to live in these homes."

An article in Private Eye says yes, housing lists are down over the past two years. But two-thirds of the households removed from the list came from just a quarter of all councils that had slashed lists by a half, changing their allocations policy to exclude certain groups.

So the problems still exist but many cash-strapped local councils no longer even try to resolve them!

Shapps' boast of effective use of resources is nonsense. The amount of rent lost due to empty council houses rose 20% last year to £130 million. And social housing is left empty on average for five days longer than it was two years ago, before the unfair, unworkable bedroom tax came in.

A socialist housing policy based on high quality council house building, effective rent controls and nationalising the banks to ease the cost and availability of private housing would solve the problem. The harsh free market fantasies of Shapps and Co. have failed.

Roger Shrives

In this issue


Socialist Party news and analysis

Syriza victory shows austerity elite can be beaten

Is the Green Party the answer?

Government welfare cuts: No to sanctions!

Tories and Labour refuse moratorium on fracking

Davos summit: 'The pitchforks are coming!'

Quantitative Easing: Socialism for the rich!

'Defenders of democracy' mourn despot's death

Them & Us


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Gearing up for largest anti-cuts election challenge yet

Election Appeal 2015


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

End the housing crisis

Extra, extra! Socialist needs new sales!

Lib-Lab political bung scandal

Leicester marches for free education

Burns' Night a blazing success


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Book review: Unison bureaucracy unmasked

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Shapps' lies on housing

Inept waste site renationalised


Socialist Party workplace news

Usdaw elections: 'We need a winning, fighting union'

RMT forces DLR bosses back

NI Water workers' victory

Workplace news in brief


 

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