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From The Socialist newspaper, 8 June 2016

Housing: Let's reclaim our right to dream again!

Amalia

Britain's housing crisis affects many but in particular the generations after the 'baby boomers' of the 1950s and 60s.

According to housing charity Shelter, 59% of under-45s give up on marriage, kids or even careers because of the housing crisis. There are those who have no option but to live in a double room in shared accommodation. Housing is a factor of great financial instability- similar to how the feudal lords imposed taxation on the peasants in medieval times.

I share a flat with my partner. Our lease runs out in six months and we have no idea if we will have to move (again) if the landlord wants to sell.

In such an event, a similar property in the same area would see us a couple of hundred pounds worse off. If we stay a similar sort of rent increase is inevitable. Not much difference even if we move to a travel zone further out. In other words, we can't really afford to dream and make plans.

An uncontrollable rent market is not viable for the majority of Londoners. Rent control on private rents is essential but also we need to start to build council homes again and provide Londoners the social housing they deserve. Councils should (they have the powers) take over long-term empty properties to meet local housing needs.

Measures like those would stop the 'social cleansing' of London boroughs and also make it possible again for young workers and couples to dream again.

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In The Socialist 8 June 2016:


EU referendum

No to Tory and EU austerity

Youth must fight for their future

Northern Ireland: Biggest trade union supports EU exit

Letter to the Socialist: EU referendum

The socialist case against the EU: TUSC tour continues


Socialist history

China's 'Cultural Revolution' 1966-67


Socialist Party review

Music review: No to TTIP


Socialist Party news and analysis

Athens bus workers clean up

Exploitation Britain: Unionise and fight for a living wage

Muhammad Ali 1942-2016

Housing: Let's reclaim our right to dream again!

Nationalise the rip-off drug companies

Them & Us


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Link the strikes - come to the NSSN conference

Momentum Youth and Students: Witch hunts won't take movement forward

Tamil Solidarity Day

Student nurses march to oppose bursary cut

Pensioners fight ageist Tory cuts

Dangerous, dirty and damp: the unseen world of temporary accommodation


Socialist Party workplace news

RF Brookes walk out over pay cut

Pennine Foods strike: "Business NOT open as usual - Again!"

Junior doctors' dispute: New offer falls short

PCS campaign against Land Registry privatisation

Workplace news in brief


 

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