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14 February 2018

Rent doubles in a decade: cap rents, build council homes!

A stunning new report reveals the total rent paid in the UK has doubled to 51 billion since 2007

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13 December 2017

Two in five 'right to buy' homes now for let

Scrap Thatcher's right to buy: Over 40% of ex-council houses sold under Thatcher's 'right to buy' scheme are now part of the private rental sector, according to Inside Housing.

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29 November 2017

Tory housing policy: build zilch, hike prices

We say: cap private rents and build council homes now: Closer inspection shows Hammond's housing initiatives don't amount to a hill of beans

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22 November 2017

Posh estate agent's housing crisis solution: make your own sandwiches

Cap rents, build council homes: For some reason I don't think making your sandwiches at home or giving up avocado toast will sort it out

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8 November 2017

US: Minneapolis Socialist chimes with voters

Ginger's slogan of "not for sale" has drawn in many volunteers and donors from Minneapolis

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18 October 2017

Young people being strangled by debts

Take the wealth off the super-rich - no to the Tories' scapegoating of pensioners!: Over a third of young people are in debt - on average by 2,989 - says the Money Advice Trust

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11 October 2017

Housing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right

A standing ovation greeted Jeremy Corbin's pledges on housing at Labour's conference: to stop 'social cleansing' regeneration schemes and give residents a vote on regeneration proposals; to build more council homes and to control rents.

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30 August 2017

Landlord licensing under threat - fight back

Newham's private housing sector is notorious for illegal conversions, overcrowding, unsafe wiring, atrocious fire safety, damp, poor heating and infestation

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28 June 2017

Grenfell fire compounded by overcrowding: build more council homes now

Between 400 and 600 people lived in Grenfell Tower - but it had just 200 bedrooms

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14 June 2017

Low-paid work till lunch to make rent

The average low-waged worker gives nearly half of every day's pay straight to private landlords, housing charity Shelter's new statistics have revealed, writes Laurel Fogarty.

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17 May 2017

One in three borrow for rent, Corbyn pledges housing revolution

One in three people have borrowed money just to pay the rent - some from family and friends; others with interest and fee-charging overdrafts, credit cards and payday loans.

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3 May 2017

Housing association workers' and tenants' alternative awards ceremony

The newly created Housing Association Workers and Residents network had received 718 nominations for its alternative awards

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12 April 2017

Thousands left with 50p for rent - cap rents, not benefits

Tory caps on housing benefits have left thousands of families with only 50p a week for rent.

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5 April 2017

Rents up 40% - can't pay, will stay!

'Keyworker' tenants of the housing association One Housing in Newham, east London, have been hit by a 40% price hike.

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22 March 2017

Tories scrap housing benefit for under-21s

A new rule change will end housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds from next month. Reverse all benefit cuts - fight for mass building of council homes now!

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1 February 2017

Why I joined: "Things have to change"

I look around at prices going up for everything and can't understand how we can sustain this way of life for even the next ten years!

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25 January 2017

Wales council votes to buy back homes

Flintshire county council in North Wales has decided to buy back 55 council houses sold since 2005 when they become available on the market

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18 January 2017

USA: Seattle activists win housebuilding programme

Housing activists in Seattle, organised into the 'Coalition to Build 1,000 Homes', have scored a major victory, winning $29 million for affordable housing in the 2017-2018 council budget. They pushed through a final unanimous vote in the city council, despite fierce opposition from the city's Democratic establishment

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11 January 2017

Them & Us: 500k house party... 50p for rent

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us.

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11 January 2017

May slams 'economic inequalities' Tory policies created

Unelected Tory prime minister Theresa May has delivered a speech to the Charity Commission in which she denounces injustices within our society.

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