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Tories try to rush through housing bill

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Issue 2503
The Housing and Planning Bill has provoked numerous protests
The Housing and Planning Bill has provoked numerous protests (Pic: Guy Smallman)

The Tories are desperately trying to get their Housing and Planning Bill passed before Friday of this week, when the parliamentary session ends. The bill will make thousands of people homeless.

Eileen Short, chair of Defend Council Housing, said the government was trying to “ram this through with the minimum discussion”.

The House of Lords passed 13 amendments to the legislation last week that would have softened the bill’s impact. The Tories blocked all 13 changes in the House of Commons.

Glynn Robbins from the Unite housing workers branch told Socialist Worker, “We need to focus on the campaign outside parliament.


“We need to ensure that it’s strong enough to defeat the housing bill even if it passes into law.”

If the bill is pushed through before Friday it will still take a year to be implemented.

This is valuable time that activists can use to build local Kill the Housing Bill groups.

Activists are set to protest outside parliament on Wednesday of this week.

Campaigners in Haringey, north London, were set to march this Saturday. Travellers are also set to protest outside parliament on 21 May against the bill.

It would remove an obligation on councils to assess the housing needs of Gypsies and Travellers.

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