spotArguments for socialism




spotAround the UK

All keywords

All Campaigns subcategories:






Black and Asian



Corporate crime



Election campaigns





Gender Recognition Act

Health and safety

Health and welfare

* Housing

Human Rights

LGBT Pride

Local government

Local services

Low pay



New workers party



Post Office



Public Services




Stop the slaughter of Tamils


The state



Welfare rights


Workplace and TU campaigns


Housing keywords:

Accommodation (95)

Bedroom tax (189)

Butterfields (29)

Canal (1)

Grenfell Tower (53)

Homeless (102)

Homelessness (112)

Homes (260)

Households (65)

Housing (871)

Housing benefit (101)

Rents (132)

Repossessions (7)

Squatting (3)

Tenants (201)


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 986, 14 March 2018: Determined UCU strikers; We're out to win

Search site for keywords: The Socialist - Women - Socialist - Housing - Accommodation - Homeless - Children - Council - Education - Family - Homelessness - Domestic violence

International Women's Day

The Socialist Inbox

IWD 2018, Spain

IWD 2018, Spain   (Click to enlarge)

Refuge crisis

At least one in four women experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives. Two women are murdered by a partner or an ex-partner every week in Britain. Yet there are more animal shelters in this country than refuges for women and children.

Domestic violence is a major cause of homelessness for women, yet due to the housing crisis, alternative safe accommodation is very difficult to come by.

Council homeless departments whose homeless hostels are all full have decided that all women homeless due to fleeing domestic violence should access women's refuges in the first instance. This may sound like a good idea, apart from the shortage of refuge places.

In practice it means that when there are no local refuge spaces, as is often the case, women and children are being forced to leave their home towns to relocate further and further away. This at a time of crisis when they most need to be near their support networks.

Many are unable to cope and end up returning to their abuser or to unsafe accommodation.

But even securing a refuge space is not a final solution. A refuge provides temporary, emergency accommodation. Women and children need to be rehoused in permanent, safe housing suitable to their needs.

Increasingly this is not happening, with people left waiting in refuges for many months - meaning it is even harder to access a refuge space in the first place. People are being encouraged to access privately rented accommodation.

Indeed under the Welsh Housing Act every homeless person has a duty to look for a private tenancy and if they fail to do this they can be deemed 'intentionally homeless' meaning they will no longer receive any help with housing from the council.

Unfortunately private rent is unaffordable for many, housing may be in poor condition, and private landlords may not be understanding when it comes to the safety measures required. Often it is just not an option, leaving people with nowhere to move on to.

Sometimes people have been moved from refuges to other homeless hostels, just delaying the issue of finding permanent accommodation further and further into the future. The reality is that for some, putting up with abuse seems a better option than risking homelessness for their family.

This housing crisis is costing women's lives. We need more council houses now!

Mia Hollsing, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Education escape

My progress as a woman happened through education. I left school with no exams, married at 16 years old and had a large family. It took me years to have the courage to leave an abusive marriage.

I was then a single parent struggling on benefits. I decided to go to adult classes to get the GCSEs I missed out on. From this I gained the confidence to go to college and then uni. This was when full grants were available.

After my degree I worked in social research before doing a postgraduate in social work. I have now been qualified and working as a social worker for 14 years. I have since joined the Socialist Party and twice stood as a TUSC candidate in local elections.

Without the uni grant or the social work uni bursary, I would not have been able to move on. Education was my way out of being a victim and into becoming an independent woman. It allowed me to make choices to change my life. If only all women had the same opportunities.

Rosa, Gateshead

Tory record

Thursday 8 March 2018: the famed Tory government PR machine - "strong and stable leadership", "the right approach", and countless other rib-ticklers - swings into action. But what is its real record on women's rights?

'Coercive or controlling behaviour' neatly rolls up a number of offences into a 'pattern' presenting as one offence (Serious Crime Act 2015) thus craftily masking the true figures

Two years on, only eight out of 43 police forces in England and Wales have taken part in a new College of Policing national training programme, Domestic Abuse Matters, meant to enable police officers to deal sensitively with domestic incidents

Women's refuges are being closed or seriously underfunded because of council cuts and the bar on using housing benefit - half of income for refuges - for placements

Around half of private letting agencies, according to Shelter, have a 'no DSS' policy, thus further hindering women, even with children, from acquiring accommodation away from an abusive partner

And remember what the blessed Margaret said: "There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families" - broken, abused or otherwise.

All the money the Tories have 'saved' could go towards their proposed statue of Thatcher in the name of capitalist women oppressing women. Delivering on promises! True leadership! Onwards to Armageddon!

Ian Hunter, Ilkeston

Collective value

When we demand change we don't ask for the dregs of the coffers after the bigger purchase.

We coins have come to understand that through the collective, we have more value than the jar we were placed in, and we need never be contained again.

Denise Tooley-Okonkwo, Mansfield

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation


Your message: 


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



Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777


Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 07748 534 891

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041



Alphabetical listing

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020