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14 July 2021

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Stop Pimlico gentrification

Helen Pattison, West London Socialist Party

Residents on a housing estate in Pimlico in London protested on 10 June. Redevelopment plans for their area include properties which will be at 80% of market rents.

These homes will not be affordable to the majority of ordinary people. Despite the fact that thousands of people are on the council house waiting list, the council is ploughing ahead with plans which won't actually address housing need.

Many of the buildings are run down. They will either need work, or some ultimately need to be redeveloped.

But this should be done with the proper involvement of the residents, and with a proper time frame for the works. There should be no back-door gentrification. Any new homes should be council housing on council rents.

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In The Socialist 14 July 2021:


NHS

NHS: Kick out the privatisers - Fight for a 15% Pay rise

Scrap the privatising health and care bill

Tories threaten to axe free prescriptions for older workers


Covid

We cannot trust this government over Covid: Fight for a new workers' party

Trade unions must continue the fight for Covid safety


LGBTQ+

Pride is protest - Build a mass movement for LGBTQ+ liberation and socialism

LGBTQ+ workers' charter


Workplace news

Dagenham school workers strike against 'fire and rehire' pay cuts

St Mungo's strikers end 12-week strike

Telecoms workers angry at CWU deal with BT

GKN Birmingham workers rally against plant closure

Brush workers into eighth week of strike

Workplace round-up


International

New wave of radicalisation in Latin America

Putting the Olympic gravy train ahead of public health

Kazakhstan: Solidarity with protesters attacked by regime forces


News

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Defend the triple lock - Fight to end poverty pensions

Wealth chasm widens

Right-wing study concludes youth like socialism


Campaigns

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Stop Pimlico gentrification

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Everyone can spot Socialist Party in Stoke

Socialist Party meetings say: We're ready to go out and campaign


Readers' opinion

England football team

Farewell Leicester Square - the story of Britain's first black bus driver

Readers' comments


 

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