London: Join our fight for a Mayor for renters

6 April 2021 — Origin: Generation Rent

We need a London Mayor that will tackle the renting crisis and ensure renters have access to safe, secure and genuinely affordable homes.

Will you join us in our call for a London Mayor for Renters? Ask the candidates if they will adopt Generation Rent’s policies to fix London’s housing crisis here.
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UK: Launching The Book of Homelessness

7 October 2020 — Accumulate

The Book of Homelessness is the first ever graphic novel created by people affected by homelessness that tells the stories of their lives.

“This is a remarkable collection in any context. The fact that these beautiful, personal works are the expressions of our neighbours who are homeless makes it untenable to ignore them ever again.” – Colin Firth

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June 27 – #CantPayWontPay Day of Action

19 June 2020 — London Renters Union

The government has announced a 2 month extension of the eviction ban – the first victory of the Can’t Pay Won’t Pay campaign.

Research by the Resolution Foundation showed that hundreds of thousands of renters across London are in debt to their landlord. Unless the government cancels rent debt and makes the eviction ban permanent, renters will remain in huge danger.

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A chaotic rent debt and evictions crisis: Write your MP!

12 May 2020 — London Renters Union

Today we’ve written to the government jointly with two other renter organisations, Living Rent in Scotland and ACORN, a community union that organises renters who live outside of London.

Renters are being forced to choose between paying rent or buying food and other essentials. Many renters are already in debt. Fear of eviction and rent debt is forcing people to go out and work rather than staying home. The government is putting renters in danger and we’re heading for a chaotic rent debt and evictions crisis.

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UK: Over 1,300 homeless people penalised last year under the 1824 Vagrancy Act By Joe Mount

2 August 2019 — WSWS

Thousands of people are being prosecuted every year in the UK under the draconian Georgian-era Vagrancy Act 1824. This outlaws begging and rough sleeping “in any deserted or unoccupied building, or in the open air, or under a tent, or in any cart or waggon, not having any visible means of subsistence.”

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City of London Corporation reneges on its social housing pledge By Charles Hixson

21 November 2018 — WSWS

The City of London Corporation announced in 2015 that they would build 3,700 new council homes by 2025. So far just 62 have been built!

The London Evening Standard reported that only 900 structures, less than a fourth of the goal, would be completed by 2025. This projection, quietly released in Corporation documents over the summer, has been blamed on red tape.

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UK: Stop Revenge Evictions

27 November 2014 — 38 Degrees

Damp, dodgy wiring, or a broken boiler. Imagine asking your landlord to fix a problem that isn’t your fault. But instead of fixing it, they hand you an eviction notice instead.

Last year 200,000 people were forced out of their homes in this way. [1] It’s called revenge eviction. And right now, it’s completely legal.
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The question of housing is a question of socialism By Gavin Jackson

13 February 2014 — Socialist Appeal

The complete irrationality of the capitalist ‘freemarket’ knows both tragedy and farce. On 17th January a group of young women, most if not all of whom are mothers, protested at the Labour-controlled Newham council to demand decent housing. At present they live with their children in ‘temporary’ accommodation, a run down hostel called Focus E15, where some of the woman have lived for several years, and can either tolerate the mould, rubbish and their fellow ‘lodgers’ – that is the rats and mice – or demand change.

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