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Housing


Outrage at Labour’s attack on tenants

11 November 2008
The government’s latest bizarre solution to the housing crisis is to consider taking away yet more rights from council tenants.

Evictions on the rise as banks scramble for profits

04 November 2008
Hundreds of tenants in Colwyn Bay and Pensarn in north Wales and Stoke-on-Trent are facing eviction.

Horror of home repossessions is returning today

07 October 2008
Imagine paying a mortgage for years and then being forced to hand your home back to the bank for no money, while you and your family are made homeless.

Housing plan is little more than sticking plaster

02 September 2008
I’m writing this before the final announcement of the government’s plans to "revive the housing market" – but I’m already confident in predicting they won’t work.

Affordable homes attacked

19 August 2008
In a landmark decision, Tory-run Hammersmith & Fulham council in west London has given the go ahead for a major private housing development to be built in the White City area – scrapping plans to provide new homes for working people at "affordable" rents.

Repossessions soar as housing crisis worsens

12 August 2008
The number of house repossessions hit a 12 year high last week, leaping 48 percent in just six months.

Edinburgh plans council housing

05 August 2008
Edinburgh council has announced proposals to build 1,100 new council homes in the city. This represents a major breakthrough for the future of council housing in Scotland.

Leeds demonstration for suspended ENEHL convenor

22 July 2008
Over 30 Unison union members in Leeds demonstrated outside the Head Office of East North East Homes Leeds (ENEHL) last Thursday while a meeting of the board of directors was taking place.

Profit from housing problems

16 July 2008
Demand for rented property is rising because far fewer people can afford to buy a house as a result of the credit crunch. Many homeowners are being forced to sell up because they cannot afford their mortgage. Growing numbers face repossession.

Some housing traditions that need reviving

24 June 2008
What keeps you awake at night? For many people the answer is housing. A survey this week found that one in four households are suffering stress or depression because of rising housing costs.

Island Homes demonstration

27 May 2008
Angry residents’ reps from Island Homes on the Isle of Dogs in east London demonstrated against managing director George Sheerin on Wednesday of last week in protest at the sacking of the resident-led board.

Vote on Housing Regeneration Bill

01 April 2008
The government’s Housing and Regeneration Bill was debated in parliament on Monday of this week.

Mortgage madness

19 February 2008
As recession looms and Gordon Brown continues to put his faith in the "free market", hundreds of thousands of people are at risk of losing their homes.

Condemned to a life in a crumbling tower block

05 February 2008
"When we were housed here by the council, we were told we would be here for three weeks," says Jenny, who lives on the seventh floor of All Saints Tower on the Beaumont estate in Leyton, east London.

Defend Council Housing lobby parliament

22 January 2008

Our battle to end the housing crisis

15 January 2008
Campaigners will descend on parliament on Tuesday of next week to lobby MPs as an inquiry takes place to hear evidence and amendments to the government’s Housing and Regeneration Bill.

Join lobby for council housing

08 January 2008
Tenants, trade unionists, councillors and campaigners are set to lobby MPs over the Housing and Regeneration Bill on Tuesday 22 January.

Housing bill facts

04 December 2007
The new Housing and Regeneration Bill being pushed through parliament is the latest example of New Labour’s vague promises turning out to be another attack on ordinary people.

The social cleansing of Newcastle

04 December 2007
Like many city centres, the skyline of Newcastle is covered in cranes. There is a huge boom in construction. Apartments and office blocks are rising and falling on the same sites that were the heart of city’s corrupt building boom in the 1960s.

The great housing swindle

04 December 2007
There is wide agreement that Britain is in the grip of a housing crisis and it is likely to get worse. The Housing and Regeneration Bill now before parliament does nothing to address this, but instead proposes policies that could have disastrous consequences.

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