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Tenants resist rent rises and privatisation

Issue No. 2293

Some 50 people marched to Haringey Civic Centre in north London on Tuesday of last week to oppose council budget cuts.

Haringey council plans cuts of £21 million together with a 7.5 percent rent rise for 15,500 council tenants.

The Haringey Alliance for Public Services called the protest, which was supported by several other groups.

Paul Burnham from Haringey Defend Council Housing said, “Big rent increases are designed to line up council housing for privatisation.”

The last few weeks have seen council tenants rejecting housing privatisation plans in ballots across the country. These include Swindon, Caerphilly and Sheffield.

Anne Gray from the Green Party said, “We have to bring down this government.”

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Tue 6 Mar 2012, 18:39 GMT
Issue No. 2293
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