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16 June 2021

Pandemic homeless

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

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10 February 2021

Big Energy piles on the misery

Energy regulator Ofgem has raised the price cap on what gas and electricity companies can charge 15 million households by between 87 and 96 a year (1,156 or 1,138) - a 9% increase - from 1 April

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8 July 2020

Poverty rises again - especially for BAME workers

100,000 more people fell into poverty in 2018-19, reports the Social Metrics Commission. Black, Asian and minority ethnic households were more than twice as likely to have been pushed below the breadline.

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31 March 2020

Self-isolation class divide: decent homes for all!

The nation has been told to stay home. But that doesn't mean the same thing for everyone, writes Holly Eaton, West London Socialist Party.

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3 July 2019

What we saw

Times journalist James Kirkup asked this: "Why aren't the wannabe PMs talking about in work poverty?" on 26 June. The Tories aren't, but the Socialist is.

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28 November 2018

The Tories' letting fee ban is full of holes - we need rent controls and council homes!

The Tories have recently announced a bill to end letting agency fees, as well as capping deposits at a maximum of six weeks' rent.

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31 October 2018

Homelessness, Universal Credit misery, high rents, cramped flats, isolated estates...end the housing crisis!

Housing in Britain is in crisis. Bailiffs were called to a house in Hove on 26 October after the tenant - struggling to get by on Universal Credit - fell into rent arrears.

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17 October 2018

Universal credit = universal misery

Theresa May said 'the end of austerity is in sight'

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11 July 2018

Britain bakes as water pipelines leak

June was the driest month on record in south east and central southern England, while Scotland recorded its highest ever temperature of 33.2C in Motherwell.

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28 March 2018

Grenfell: survivors not rehoused, inquiry not independent, blocks not safe

The government has admitted that 82 households are still in temporary accommodation following the Grenfell Tower fire and not all will be in permanent accommodation by June, the first anniversary, writes Paul Kershaw, chair, Unite union housing workers branch.

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14 March 2018

Profits up Wages down

After congratulating themselves on nominally bringing the British state's finances out of the red - by plundering working class purses - the Tories sat down to vote on cutting provision of school meals and childcare.

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13 December 2017

Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

Dozens of families that survived the fire at Grenfell Tower face Christmas in hotels

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15 November 2017

Carlisle socialists campaign against Universal Credit

Universal Credit benefit changes will cause untold misery for thousands in Carlisle when they are fully rolled out in April next year

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15 November 2017

We're freezing: reverse cuts to boiler replacement schemes!

Nationalise the energy firms: The market has failed and will go on failing to provide the basics of food, heat and shelter to millions

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11 October 2017

Housing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right

A standing ovation greeted Jeremy Corbin's pledges on housing at Labour's conference: to stop 'social cleansing' regeneration schemes and give residents a vote on regeneration proposals; to build more council homes and to control rents.

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28 June 2017

Grenfell fire compounded by overcrowding: build more council homes now

Between 400 and 600 people lived in Grenfell Tower - but it had just 200 bedrooms

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5 April 2017

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us including top bosses' wages, luxury goods and licence fees.

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5 April 2017

Fight Tories' callous cuts pushing 200,000 more kids into poverty

A raft of callous Tory measures starting on 6 April will push another 200,000 kids below the breadline, according to the Child Poverty Action Group.

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29 March 2017

Universal Credit is making the housing crisis worse

The roll-out of the 'Universal Credit' benefits system seems to be making an already desperate social housing situation a whole lot worse

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8 March 2017

MPs take 1k raise

Put MPs on workers' wages: 18% worse off. The Institute for Fiscal Studies calculates that UK households will have living standards 18% lower by 2021 than they would have been had the economic crisis never happened.

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