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7 September 2016

London bailiff use soars by half

Bailiffs collected council tax debts from 19,212 London homes in 2015-16. This is 51% up on the year before, according to the Child Poverty Action Group and Z2K charities.

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24 February 2016

Tower Hamlets to take anti-cuts fight into the council chamber

Tower Hamlets Independent Group councillors will move an amendment to the east London borough's cuts budget on 24 February.

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13 January 2016

Councillors must resist cuts

The only way councillors can stop the huge Tory cuts is to mobilise a mass campaign of the council workforce, local residents and anti-cuts campaigners.

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18 November 2015

The end of social housing? How can we solve the housing crisis?

The cat is out of the bag. As the Financial Times reported: "Chancellor George Osborne is considering a radical multibillion-pound plan to privatise the government's stake in housing associations".

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21 October 2015

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Housing crisis versus landlords' profits, extortionate cost of football.

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2 September 2015

Two million bailiff calls as councils brutalise poor

In the past year, councils in England and Wales have sent bailiffs in to collect debts over two million times.

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15 July 2015

Bromley Unite members stop council tax bailiffs

On 13 July around 30 activists from the Unite trade union and local residents in Bromley, south London, stopped bailiffs evicting Paul Rooney and his 14 year-old daughter Roisin.

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8 July 2015

Low-income tenants face rent hikes

The Tory government intends to slash housing benefit (HB) for low income households.

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4 March 2015

Brighton council stuck in budget stalemate

Green-led Brighton council's budget meeting on 26 February ended in a stalemate after five hours

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25 February 2015

Councils at breaking point: the strategy to fight back

Councils across the country are setting budgets, again forcing through tens of millions - in some cases hundreds of millions - of pounds of cuts

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7 January 2015

Them & Us

Fat cat City bankers were paid an average of 1.3 million last year, making their pay packages worth almost 50 times the average annual wage in the UK

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28 May 2014

Nottingham: Fighting the Bedroom Tax

Labour dominated Nottingham council issued a claim for a suspended possession order for a bedroom tax tenant who was less than four weeks in arrears

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26 March 2014

An array of flashpoints

40. Even while the blockage at the top seems immovable, the working class can find ways round it. Explosions can take place on all kinds of issues, sometimes of a seemingly secondary character, as workers

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19 March 2014

Pensioner jailed for non-payment

Ross Longhurst of Nottingham, aged 72 and a longstanding campaigner, has been jailed for 28 days for not paying his council tax

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One of the mass protests in the campaign to defeat the bedroom tax in Scotland, photo Socialist Party Scotland

5 February 2014

Bedroom tax beaten in Scotland

...now lets end all council cuts: The bedroom tax has been effectively defeated in Scotland. The announcement that the Scottish government intends to end the crushing burden of the hated and reviled bedroom tax is a huge victory

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5 February 2014

Them & Us

Poor get poorer: We're still paying for the bankers' and capitalist crisis

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TUSC on the 28 March 2012 NUT London strike and demonstration, photo Socialist Party

29 January 2014

We need councillors who stand up for us

On Thursday 22 May a little bit of history will be made. Hundreds of working class people some of them already organised socialists, but many of them ordinary workers, trade unionists, young people, members of their local communities will stand before the electorate and ask for votes

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11 December 2013

Swansea councillors: which side are you on?

Which side are you on? That question should be asked of every Labour councillor in Swansea as they prepare to vote on butchering 45 million of jobs and services, writes Ronnie Job, Swansea Socialist Party.

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16 October 2013

Council tax benefit cuts hit hard

A report by Labour says that 112 councils in England who responded to a freedom of information request have issued more than 156,000 court summonses to people in council tax arrears since April

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1 May 2013

Council Tax: Con-Dems turn screw on poorest

For the first time this April, hundreds of thousands of the poorest in society received a shock with their post - for the first time, they will have received a bill for their council tax

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