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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 May 2012

The housing crisis - action needed now

A chronic shortage of affordable housing is leading to 'social cleansing' in many areas of London. However, the failure of the government's housing policy is being challenged by a new campaign initiated by Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ), backed by trade unionists, which lobbied the newly elected Greater London Assembly members and delivered the following letter.

Dear GLA member,

Young Londoners - Forced Out? is a campaign launched to take up the housing crisis faced by young people in London backed by the Unite Housing Workers branch and PCS London. We are campaigning in universities and workplaces across London against the unsustainable housing situation.

We are asking if you will stand up against the soaring rents and low pay that mean many young low-paid and unemployed Londoners will be forced out of the capital, and commit to supporting our ongoing campaign and backing our Five Point Programme:

Councils should offer to bring 'Right to Buy' properties that people can no longer afford back in-house offering affordable rents. Banks must turn mortgages into affordable rents and offer cheap, no or low interest mortgages.

If the banks refuse they should be fully nationalised with their resources used to meet social need.

Yours Sincerely,
Suzanne Beishon, Organiser, Young Londoners - Forced Out?

For more information on our campaign see www.londonersforcedout.com or to get in touch contact londonyffj@gmail.com or 07716610893

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

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