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19 October 2011

Rocketing rents leave tenants facing eviction

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.

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5 October 2011

Tories plan further destruction of social housing

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.

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14 September 2011

Low pay and the housing crisis

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.

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7 September 2011

Local Housing Allowance

The recent Socialist feature (issue 683) showed how the Con-Dems' attacks on benefits hit young people...

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31 August 2011

Housing crisis wrecks people's lives

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has warned the government about the "chronic under-supply of homes"...

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6 July 2011

Leaked memo shows government lied over its homeless policies

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

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Housing: homeless person, photo Paul Mattsson

Housing: homeless person, photo Paul Mattsson

22 June 2011

Housing crisis

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.

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Housing campaign: Cardiff Socialist Party campaigning to stop house repossessions, photo SP Wales

Housing campaign: Cardiff Socialist Party campaigning to stop house repossessions, photo SP Wales

15 June 2011

The growing housing scandal

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...

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11 May 2011

Review: Panorama on housing: The human impact of the crisis

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.

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No DSS - benefit cuts lead to homelessness

No DSS - benefit cuts lead to homelessness

6 April 2011

Housing benefit cuts start to bite

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.

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30 March 2011

Cllr Dave Nellist condemns housing benefit reductions

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...

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24 March 2011

For councillors who vote against cuts

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...

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Workers and their families marched to Trafalgar Square on the trade union backed Save the Welfare State and Public Services demo, called by the National Pensioners Convention , photo Paul Mattsson

Workers and their families marched to Trafalgar Square on the trade union backed Save the Welfare State and Public Services demo, called by the National Pensioners Convention , photo Paul Mattsson

23 February 2011

Welfare Bill - Tories launch assault on the vulnerable

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...

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A housing protest on the Seven Stars estate in Wrekenton, Gateshead, photo Elaine Brunskill

A housing protest on the Seven Stars estate in Wrekenton, Gateshead, photo Elaine Brunskill

8 December 2010

Housing under attack: Ripping off the roof over our heads

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...

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23 November 2010

Government plans are an attack on council tenants

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.

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11 November 2010

Fast news

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...

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A housing protest on the Seven Stars estate in Wrekenton, Gateshead, photo Elaine Brunskill

A housing protest on the Seven Stars estate in Wrekenton, Gateshead, photo Elaine Brunskill

3 November 2010

Housing: Rent caps, not benefit caps

'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...

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7 July 2010

Housing benefit cuts - increasing homelessness

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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