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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 May 2014

Housing evictions - main parties to blame

Mary Jackson, TUSC candidate Stainforth and Moorends ward, Doncaster

Evictions in Britain have reached a ten year high. Disgracefully 31,000 possession orders are being applied for by councils, and it's mostly Labour councils that are carrying out this appalling act.

Another 6,500 are being evicted by private landlords but we can expect no better from them; they are letting properties to make profit. Our elected councillors are supposedly providing a service.

This housing crisis is a nightmare for families, but also a growing social problem for us all. Cuts to housing benefit, the bedroom tax and the benefit cap are making it impossible for people to keep their homes. None of these measures were designed to save public money or ease the housing crisis (as was the excuse of this unelected government) but simply a measure to take government money (our money) to use for tax breaks for the super-rich - 8 billion this year alone.

The only answer to this crisis is a massive council house-building and regeneration programme which would not only create the desperately needed homes for the two million families currently on the waiting lists for social housing but would cut the dole queue, create apprenticeships for young people and put money in people's pockets.

The money is available in council coffers from the sale of council houses over the past 30 years. Councils are saving this for a 'rainy day' but haven't they noticed it's pouring down!

But neither Labour nor the Con-Dems plan to invest in homes and jobs in this way. These parties are too busy putting the interests of the fat cats first. Housebuilder Telford Homes, for example, expects to double its profits on the back of Osborne's 'Help-to-buy' scheme, which is also fuelling a housing price bubble.

Fortunately, there is an alternative to the establishment parties and their slavish devotion to 'market' policies.

On 22 May, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates are contesting council elections in the biggest left of Labour challenge since World War Two.

TUSC councillors will refuse to vote for any Con-Dem cuts to our services and will fight for the creation of millions of council houses. Don't waste your vote. Use it!

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Vote Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

For the millions not the billionaires

Fight back at the ballot box on 22 May

Building Labour: when workers first formed own party

Southampton: Showing what's possible

Liverpool City Council 1983-87: "We had a choice"

Why we're standing as TUSC candidates

On the campaign trail with TUSC


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Socialist Party workplace news

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Workplace news in brief

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Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Fight back to scrap junk jobs

Freedom Riders- action brings victory

Building TUSC, building socialism

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Why I joined the Socialist Party


 

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