The housing crisis in Britain is getting worse. In London house prices are soaring again making it impossible for most workers to buy their own home. In the private sector rents are exorbitant and tenants forced to accept short-term lets with no security. Yet in other areas houses lie empty and people cannot sell their homes.
Across the country there is a chronic shortage of social housing and a rise in homelessness while landlords and property developers profit from the crisis.
Left Unity calls for a massive expansion of the publicly owned and democratically controlled housing sector, and for social housing to be allocated according to need.
New council or social housing building programmes can be funded by government at very low interest rates. We will end the ‘right to buy’. Renovation of the existing housing stock to make it energy-efficient and sustainable lies at the heart of our programme of green investment.
A new publicly owned building corporation should be set up employing workers on permanent contracts to implement this.
Left Unity would reintroduce rent controls and security of tenure as used to exist in Britain and still exist in parts of the European Union such as Germany, and support the creation of tenants’ cooperatives to run estates.
Local authorities should be given new powers of inspection and regulation of private rentals to ensure they are up to standard.
We campaign for accommodation in genuinely affordable housing for all and would take measures to assist and protect from eviction those households trapped by debts or with mortgages they are unable to repay.
We support the campaigns to abolish the bedroom tax and in support of tenants fighting the threat of mass eviction and social cleansing, driving people out of inner city areas.
We would reverse cuts in emergency accommodation for homeless people and maintain housing rights and benefits for the under-25s that are under threat from the government.
Left Unity would also use compulsory purchase powers to take over vacant accommodation, and legalise the squatting of empty property.
Left Unity is active in movements and campaigns across the left, working to create an alternative to the main political parties.
Events and protests from around the movement, and local Left Unity meetings.
Sat 25 Feb, 10.30
Health Conference, NHS in Crisis – How do we sustain its future?
Organised by SERTUC at TUC Congress House, London, 10.30 – 16.00. Open invite. Free admission and free lunch provided. Registration essential: email@example.com 020 7467 1220
Sat 4 March, 12.00
It’s our NHS, national demonstration
Theresa May’s demands for yet more austerity in the NHS represent a real risk to the safety of patients and the service. Join this vital demo called by Health Campaigns Together.
Mon 6 March, 19.30
West London Left Unity, branch meeting
A discussion on Scotland, Wales, N.Ireland, England and Brexit. Introduced by Jim Grealy and Tony Ward.
At the Everybody Active Centre, Acton High Street, W3 6NE
Sun 12 March, 13.30
Russian Revolution Centenary Celebration
1917-2017. Sponsored by Left Unity, at Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road, Brixton, London SW9 7PH.
Stop Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain
Oppose Trump’s visit. He is a racist and a misogynist and a supporter of torture and a preacher of hate. Event by Public Reading Rooms.
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