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The Socialist 4 May 2016

Bring down the Tories: organise to fight austerity

The Socialist issue 900

Livingstone suspension: 'Slow coup' against Corbyn.

Bring down the Tories: organise to fight austerity

Doctors and teachers lead buoyant London march

Political censorship used against TUSC candidates

Ex-TUC chief lines up with David Cameron

2 in 5 fear rent trap

Aston Villa owners threaten 500 jobs

TTIP tip-off

Them & Us


1926 general strike: when workers tasted power


Hillsborough verdict - a magnificent testimony to courage and fortitude


National Union of Students conference: mood to fight education cuts must be turned into determined action


Solidarity with junior doctors: TUC call a national demonstration now!

Museum strike solid

Usdaw conference shifts left and demands "backbone" from the union

Civil service: fighting the pay freeze

Library assistants strike against unviable shift patterns

Society of Radiographers conference: "We may be small but we are going to fight back!"

Workplace news in brief


Eyewitness account of France protests: build a general strike movement!

Ireland: Campaigners celebrate suspension of water charges


Letters

 
 
 
 
 

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2 in 5 fear rent trap

Photo James Ivens

Photo James Ivens   (Click to enlarge)

Kieran Barlow, young worker

Nearly two fifths of renters think they will never escape the rent trap. A poll for the Observer found 37% of renters believe they will never own their own home.

Just over half of those polled declared they wanted more, not less, social housing as a way to ease the ongoing crisis. And 69% agree the country is "in the throes of a housing crisis".

In 2015, the Conservatives announced their Housing and Planning Bill. It will not only redefine 'affordable housing' to try to cover up the housing crisis, but will also hand local planning to private companies.

This isn't fixing our housing crisis, it's worsening it.

The number of under-35s who own their own homes has fallen by 280,000 since the Tories came to power in 2010, according to Labour. Young working-class home ownership has dropped by a fifth.

Compared with a third of 16 to 24-year-olds owning their own home in 1991, only 10% do now. More and more end up stuck with their parents.

Personally, I was forced out of my home by welfare cuts. Thankfully I was taken in by family members.

However, for many it's a different story. Placed in squalid council properties sold off to private 'social' housing companies, or forced into private rental due to council shortages. Landlords continually raising rents without properly maintaining properties.

The Socialist Party calls for trade unions to take the lead and establish a mass campaign to beat the housing bill and end the housing crisis. We demand a mass programme of building decent council homes, and democratic control of private rents to stop the exploitation.


In this issue


Socialist Party news and analysis

Livingstone suspension: 'Slow coup' against Corbyn.

Bring down the Tories: organise to fight austerity

Doctors and teachers lead buoyant London march

Political censorship used against TUSC candidates

Ex-TUC chief lines up with David Cameron

2 in 5 fear rent trap

Aston Villa owners threaten 500 jobs

TTIP tip-off

Them & Us


1926 general strike

1926 general strike: when workers tasted power


Hillsborough

Hillsborough verdict - a magnificent testimony to courage and fortitude


NUS conference

National Union of Students conference: mood to fight education cuts must be turned into determined action


Socialist Party workplace news

Solidarity with junior doctors: TUC call a national demonstration now!

Museum strike solid

Usdaw conference shifts left and demands "backbone" from the union

Civil service: fighting the pay freeze

Library assistants strike against unviable shift patterns

Society of Radiographers conference: "We may be small but we are going to fight back!"

Workplace news in brief


International socialist news and analysis

Eyewitness account of France protests: build a general strike movement!

Ireland: Campaigners celebrate suspension of water charges


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Letters


 

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