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Housing day of action - supported by Unite housing workers

Stop evictions! Drop debts!

 

Branch members will join housing campaigners and Tamil Solidarity on Saturday April 17th in a day of action on housing demanding: “Stop the evictions! Drop the debts!”

 

 

Housing in London is a particularly acute problem for working-class and young people. This worsened in the pandemic period. Overcrowded and unaffordable homes have helped to drive Covid transmission. Housing debts have soared. Many tenants are at risk of eviction and increased debt problems. Refugees and asylum seekers had no help towards rent or decent accommodation in this period. Many have been forced to rely on help from relatives and friends. While big businesses are bailed out by the government many are left to suffer. 

 

Ruthless

 

Branch members supported Latha Lawanya Ramajeyam an asylum seeker ruthlessly pursued by her landlord, a multi-million business who sought to exploit her immigration status. Many Tamils, particularly those who rent, and asylum seekers have faced numerous problems due to lack of proper housing or rent regulations. Uncertainty created by this situation had contributed to worsening mental health and other problems in the Tamil community.  

 

Latha Lawanya Ramajeyam

 

We the demands put forward in the day of action.

 

Demands:

  • No eviction
  • Drop the debts
  • Build council homes
  • Effective rent caps 
  • Secure tenancies for all 
  • Right to leave without extortionate debt claim

 

Safe, socially distanced protests will take place across the capital. This will include a 1.00pm march, with PPE and in groups of six, from the Boundary Estate in Shoreditch, London E2 7JR. The historic Boundary estate was arguably the first council housing built in the country.

 

Stop evictions

 

Faced with rising unemployment and unscrupulous employers seeking to take advantageous of the crisis with ‘fire and rehire’ tactics workers are increasingly insecure in their homes.

 

Unite campaigns for No evictions, no repositions and no bailiffs. We also say that covid arears must be written off – not merely delayed; if they can bail out banks they can bail out workers. The threat of evictions also hangs over social housing tenants and we support the campaign by SHAC against evictions in the social sector.   

 

Build social rent council homes

 

Despite growing need there has been a net loss of social housing: 280,000 social rent homes have been sold, converted to higher rents, or demolished since April 2012, while just 70,000 new social rent homes have been built according to the latest UK housing review.

 

That is the basis of justified anger against housing associations and the government. The vast majority of housing grant goes to supporting the shrinking and unaffordable home ownership sector (that means the building companies). Starmer’s big policy speech a couple of weeks ago lined up to make no mention of building council homes + social housing.

 

The Chartered Institute of Housing make the elementary statement “The review makes clear that building social rented homes addresses the most urgent housing needs and is the best use of public money.” But the big political parties prioritise the big builders and finance over housing need.

 

"In the 1950s and 1960s, when the UK built far more houses than recently, local authorities built more than half of all dwellings. When they were stopped from doing so, supply of new dwellings fell sharply" admits even the Financial Times Martin Wolf.

 

What we need is a mass programme of council house building and nationalisation of development land. Wolf won’t draw that conclusion, but he can see the problem with Britain's neoliberal housing policy!

 

More information to follow Email us for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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