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London Mayoral Elections and The Housing Crisis

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As Thursday 5 May rapidly approaches, it’s essential to understand the crux of the manifestos of the main candidates in the running for London Mayor and the direct impact they will have on you. The vital issue in this election is resolving the London housing crisis. How will the candidates protect and create homes for the vulnerable? So, let’s see how they all measure up and how your vote will count:

Zac Goldsmith – The Conservative Party

  • will tackle the housing crisis by ‘doubling home building to 50,000 a year by 2020’, giving Londoners the first chance to buy new homes built in the city.
  • Ensuring a large number of new homes built are for rent and not for sale.

For full manifesto, please see https://backzac2016.com/

Sadiq Aman Khan – Labour Party

  • will give Londoners ‘first dibs’ on affordable housing, promotes the fact he grew up on a council estate and therefore claims to understand the support needed in this area.
  • Ensuring renting becomes more reasonable and protecting the green belt.

For full manifesto, please see http://www.sadiq.london/

Caroline Pidgeon – London Liberal Democrats

  • Will ban ‘unfair letting agent fees’ and give tenants more rights.
  • Will build 200,000 new homes.

For full manifesto, please see http://www.londonlibdems.org.uk/plan

Sian Rebecca Berry – Green Party

  • Promises ‘truly affordable homes’ created by housing associations and local councils, claims to understand the needs of private tenants as a private tenant.
  • Providing London with more green, affordable energy for their homes.

For full manifesto, please see http://www.sianberry.london/

Thursday 5 May 2016 is for you to use your voice as you see fit. Please contact your local electoral office for further information on voting hours.

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NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST SANCTIONS

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LONDON UNEMPLOYED STRATEGIES, SOUTHWARK STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS  AND LAMBETH AND SOUTHWARK UNITE COMMUNITY joined forces today outside Peckham Jobcentre to protest as part of the National ‘No Sanctions’ campaign.

Vulnerable people on JSA and ESA are increasingly falling victim to sanctions, especially nowadays those imposed by heavy-handed Work Programme Providers like PeoplePlus. We are determined to take up these issues locally and nationally as part of the campaign to scrap sanctions.

DO YOU LIVE IN LONDON AND HAVE YOU BEEN UNFAIRLY SANCTIONED BY PEOPLEPLUS OR OTHER WORK PROGRAMME PROVIDERS? GET IN TOUCH via nickplus007@gmail.com and tell us your story. We will not use your name but it will add weight to the campaign.

Demonstration against Housing Bill – 5th January

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The Housing Bill is a major threat to the right of unemployed and low-waged people to stay living in London. Among its main proposals are:

  1. Enabling Housing Associations to sell off their homes, similar to the Councils Right To Buy schemes
  2. Introducing ‘Pay To Stay’ schemes that could force families in council flats with an overall income of £40,000 in London (£30,000 everywhere else) to pay the market rent
  3. Changing secure council tenancies to fixed contracts of 2-5 years, after which they could be evicted

If you are concerned about this then please use the doc below to write to your MP:
http://www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk/dch/resources/LettertoMPs.pdf

For more info read this:
http://www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk/dch/resources/KtHBbriefingJan2016.pdf

GOVERNMENT ENDS WORKFARE SCHEMES

From Work and Benefits:

‘ MANDATORY WORK SCHEMES TO CLOSE
The government is axing mandatory work activity and community work placements. The announcement comes after years of protests and court action by claimants forced into unpaid work with no prospect of a job at the end.

The not so good news, however, is that a new scheme called the Work and Health Programme is to be introduced.

As one commentator has already suggested, this might be the beginning of attempts to force claimants into compulsory treatment programmes such as CBT or help to combat drug or alcohol misuse.’

SCHEMES DUE TO END MARCH/APRIL 2016. BUT JSA/ESA/Universal Credit claimants will still be under pressure to take ‘reasonable’ offers of work or training under threat of sanctions.

See our factsheets on this website for more advice and to get more involved with LUS contact us on nickplus007@gmail.com