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The so-called eviction ban ended at the end of May. But a legal ban on evictions, even when enforced, did not prevent tens of thousands becoming homeless during the pandemic. Over 130,000 households in England were made homeless during the first year of the pandemic, a series of freedom of information requests by the Observer found.
Many of these households would have found themselves no longer able to stay with family or friends during the periods of lockdown, revealing the extent of 'hidden homelessness' or 'sofa surfing'. Others would have come to the end of their tenancy, unable to find or afford new accommodation, or be fleeing domestic abuse.
What is needed is a re-introduction of the legal ban on evictions, but also a huge investment in the building of council homes, and a strengthening of tenants' right to secure tenancies. (Read more: 'Housing crisis: what now and after the pandemic?' at socialistparty.org.uk)
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In The Socialist 16 June 2021:
Trade unions and workplace
Left candidate needed for Unite general secretary election
Majority of BFAWU members vote to break from Labour
Right lose control in Unison NEC election
Sparks win victory!
Engineers in fourth week of strike action against huge fire-and-rehire attacks
Leicester University workers strike against redundancies
PCS conference 2021: Divide between union leaders and rank-and-file exposed
Socialist Party to the fore at Unison LG conference
Redbridge school walkout over victimised union rep
Underpaid and overworked - NHS workers say: 'Enough is enough'
Now is the time to fight for the NHS
Save Leicester General Hospital
Will Biden's new foreign policy change the direction of US imperialism?
Tamil Solidarity asylum victory
Who represents the Palestinians?
International solidarity protests
Make vaccine technology public, nationalise big-pharma
Schools need resources to tackle 'routine' sexual harassment
Neonatal leave introduced: Unions must fight for extensions and full pay
Beth Roper inquest: Train company failures ignored
Birmingham Clean Air Zone a tax on the poor
Johnson's G7 hypocrisy
Campaigns and party news
Enfield byelection: We need councillors prepared to resist
Queues at Socialist Party stall in Cov
National finance meeting
Women's health matters
Books that inspired me: The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists
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