What’s happening to the people of the New Era estate is happening all over London as the Government-created housing crisis is causing people to lose their homes, jobs and communities.
What kind of a society allows the naked greed of wealthy landlords to trump peoples’ basic need for housing?
Richard Benyon – whose multi-millionaire family bought into the estate – berates people struggling to feed their families on benefits whilst pocketing hundreds of thousands of pounds from the public purse in the form of housing benefit. He ought to be ashamed of himself, and so should the successive Governments whose policies have helped create this housing crisis.
A third of our MPs are landlords – that helps to explain why we have a housing system that is so heavily weighted in favour of landlords.
Enough is enough.
The market has demonstrated quite spectacularly that it’s incapable of meeting peoples’ housing needs. Councils need to stop selling off what little social housing we have left to make a quick buck. We need rent control to protect people from the extortionate charges that are crippling people financially.
Most of all, we need tenants’ rights to be strengthened to stop people like the residents of the New Era estate from being turfed from their homes while profiteering landlords line their pockets.
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