Monthly Archives: February 2014

TUSC protests for rent controls at Landlords Show

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Campaigners called for rent controls outside the Landlord and Letting Show at the Barbican in a protest organised by Newham and Waltham Forest Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition groups.

With Tory MP and landlord Richard Benyon getting £635,000 from housing benefit in just one year, protesters called for rent caps instead of benefit caps.

Some landlords said it was fair that the ‘market decides’ rents and that ‘everyone needs to make a profit’. Millions of tenants struggling to pay the rent will disagree. One landlord said they needed to have enough money to afford to evict people!

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TUSC campaigners call for:
• Rent controls – a cap on rents in the private sector to bring private rents in line with social housing
• Council-run, not for profit letting agencies
• Borough rent councils, made up of housing workers, tenants and local trade unions
• House building and renovation – campaign for the government to divert its private developer subsidy to a mass programme of building social housing. For councils to use reserves and borrowing powers to build and renovate public housing now
• Bring all housing association stock and housing services back in-house – privatisation has driven up costs
• Axe the bedroom tax and reverse all housing benefit cuts

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Protest outside the Landlord and Letting Show at the Barbican tomorrow!

Join the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition protest outside the Landlord and Letting Show at the Barbican, London, on Wednesday 26 February from 9am.

Protesters will call for rent controls and an end to rip-off landlords – for rent caps instead of benefit caps.

Reports over the past few days have shown how millionaire landlord are making fortunes out of housing benefit.

Landlords will collect £9.2 billion from housing benefit this year alone – in many cases for doing very little. One million privately rented homes fail to meet basic safety standards.

Britain’s richest MP, Tory Richard Benyon – ‘worth’ £110 million – is piling up £625,000 a year from housing benefit claimants. So if he wants to cut the benefit bill, he should start by cutting the rents he charges.

Ukip’s housing spokesperson, Andrew Charalambous, collected £745,351 from housing benefit, again showing how his party are just another group of hypocritical millionaires.

And today it’s been reported that the Duchy of Cornwall and Crown Estates receive over £200,000 a year from housing benefits.
This money should instead be going to building and renovating affordable, publicly owned housing.

Across London, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition local election candidates are demanding:

• Rent controls – a cap on rents in the private sector to bring private rents in line with social housing

• Council-run, not for profit letting agencies

• Borough rent councils, made up of housing workers, tenants and local trade unions

• House building and renovation – campaign for the government to divert its private developer subsidy to a mass programme of building social housing. For councils to use reserves and borrowing powers to build and renovate public housing now

• Bring all housing association stock and housing services back in-house – privatisation has driven up costs

• Axe the bedroom tax and reverse all housing benefit cuts

Join the protest: Wednesday 26 February, 9am, Hall 2, Barbican Centre, corner of Golden lane/Beech Street tunnel, London EC2Y 8AD – nearest tube Barbican

Last night’s Town Hall protests

First Newham TUSC protested outside the town hall against more cuts (£15 million in tonight’s budget) and for affordable housing….
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…and then we joined in with the Focus E15 mum protest inside the town hall after they weren’t allowed into the council chamber. The mums are being evicted and pushed out of Newham, for some this could be over 100 miles, into insecure expensive private renting – all thanks to Newham Labour’s removal of support for the Focus scheme.
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Newham TUSC supports Atos protest

Newham TUSC campaginer Helen Pattison supporting the nearest Atos protest in Romford on 19 February. As Clive Heemskerk said in his letter to the Guardian, councillors “could refuse to implement the bedroom tax and council tax benefit cuts, which have affected disabled people also hit by WCAs.”
Photo: Newham TUSC campaginer Helen Pattison supporting the nearest Atos protest in Romford yesterday. As Clive Heemskerk said in his letter to the Guardian, councillors "could refuse to implement the bedroom tax and council tax benefit cuts, which have affected disabled people also hit by WCAs."

Newham TUSC supports striking primary teachers

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Newham TUSC campaigners on 12 February went to Avenue Primary in Manor Park to support teachers taking strike action against the school breaking away from national pay agreement.
The new pay policy was decided by the HR committee (made up of four governors including the chair of governors). The NUT has asked, since September, for governing body keeping the existing pay scales, but the chair of governors refused further talks with the union.
The new scheme involves almost twice as many points on the pay scale, likely to mean that teacher get smaller pay rises each year. Teachers are concerned they’ll end up competing with each other for a pay rise and have to concentrate on trying to meet targets, taking them away from the important job of teaching.
More strike action is planned for the first week of March if the school continues with the new pay scheme.