Tuesday, 24 February 2015

TUSC ready to answer on how to provide affordable homes

Martin speaking alongside Natalie Bennett a few weeks ago
It appears that the Green's Natalie Bennett was a little lost for words when asked questions about housing today on LBC.

We've all had moments when the mind goes blank but I am sure that a TUSC candidate would have had plenty that they would have been ready to say on such a vital question for working people, especially here in London.

Here's some of the demands I would have wanted to raise:
■ Rent control now! Democratic rent councils to decide fair levels in each area
■ A mass programme of council house building and renovation to meet demand
■ Hands off our homes! Bring all housing association stock and housing services back in-house
■ Living housing benefits that reflect the real cost of renting
■ Councils should use their compulsory purchase powers on long term empty properties and use them as council housing

For more detail, please read this excellent article from last November's 'Socialist' paper:  http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/19759

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