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19 October 2011
Average private rents are now beyond the reach of ordinary families in most of the country (55% of local authority areas) according to a new survey by housing charity Shelter, writes Paul Kershaw.
5 October 2011
The Tory conference announcement that they will increase the discount for 'right to buy' council house sales is a cruel trick on people suffering on housing waiting lists and council tenants looking for a way out of council housing, writes Paul Kershaw.
14 September 2011
When you tell someone that you're claiming benefits you can be sure that, in many cases, they will initially picture the right-wing tabloid caricature of someone sat at home all day watching TV, writes Dominic Smith, Winchester.
7 September 2011
The recent Socialist feature (issue 683) showed how the Con-Dems' attacks on benefits hit young people...
31 August 2011
The National Housing Federation (NHF) has warned the government about the "chronic under-supply of homes"...
6 July 2011
Welfare cuts could make 40,000 homeless according to a leaked letter sent on behalf of Eric Pickles by his private secretary to the prime minister on the planned benefit caps
22 June 2011
Con-Dems are presiding over a growing social catastrophe: The latest government figures show that the number of people approaching their council as homeless is 23% higher than at the same time last year, writes Paul Kershaw.
15 June 2011
Private renting: high rents, no security and bad conditions: Paul Kershaw, from Unite LE 1111 housing workers' branch reveals the details of some of the Con-Dem attacks...
11 May 2011
By talking to some of the people affected, the Panorama programme on 4 May gave a rare glimpse on prime time TV, of the human impact of the housing crisis, writes Paul Kershaw, Unite LE 1111 housing workers' branch, personal capacity.
6 April 2011
There will be widespread anguish at Tory/Lib Dems' changes to housing benefit which came into force on 1 April. Hundreds of thousands of families entitlement to help with housing costs in privately rented property will be sharply reduced, writes Dave Nellist, Socialist Party councillor, Coventry.
30 March 2011
New housing benefit claims from Friday 1st April will only be eligible for a reduced rate; existing tenants will see their claims reduce at some point up to nine months after the anniversary of their claim date...
24 March 2011
Central government funding to local councils is being slashed by 27% over four years. More than 200,000 job losses have been announced in local authorities...
23 February 2011
JANE IS in her 40s. Arthritis, heart disease, constant pain and a host of other problems led to her early retirement. She lives on benefits - primarily Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for her care and...
8 December 2010
The Con-Dem government plans a 63% cut in funding for social house building. They want to remove security of tenure for new social housing tenants and are introducing massive cuts in housing benefit...
23 November 2010
AS A result of plans set out by the government's housing minister Grant Shapps, new social housing tenants would be offered tenancies with no long term security, writes Paul Kershaw.
11 November 2010
Crown profits: The government's repeated refrain that 'we're all in it together' when it comes to the pain of its spending cuts has worn very thin with the revelation that the Queen will receive a 15% share of the £6.6 billion Crown Estate property portfolio's profits...
3 November 2010
'NO-ONE should ever be worse off working than they would be on benefits'. This is the carefully chosen mantra repeated time and again by Cameron, Osborne, Clegg and the rest of the Con-Dem wrecking crew...
7 July 2010
The budget changes to housing benefit will make the mass of working and middle class people far more insecure in their homes, writes The idea that 'an Englishman's home is his castle' clearly doesn't impress George Osborne!.
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