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A million children are living in squalor

Issue No. 1974

Over a million children in Britain are living in squalid housing conditions, according to a new report by Shelter, the homeless charity, released on Monday of this week.

The effects of poor quality housing and overcrowding on children include increased educational problems and sickness, the report said.

The lack of housing is a direct result of New Labour’s policies. By selling off council housing to private landlords and housing associations, the neediest people in society are the ones who go without decent accommodation.

Respect activists in Tower Hamlets, east London, are currently campaigning against proposals to sell off the Ocean estate in Stepney.

“The plans being put forward by the housing association are nothing short of social engineering,” said Glyn Robbins, chair of Tower Hamlets Respect.

“They want to knock down council blocks and community centres to make way for 700 flats for private sale at £250,000 plus. The average household income on the Ocean is £10,000.”

Two of the area’s three local councillors — Respect’s Oliur Rahman and independent Atair Rahman — are backing the campaign against the sell off. Local MP George Galloway was due to meet tenants and campaigners on Wednesday of this week.


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Sat 29 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1974
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