Lambeth vs Stoke

Posted: May 7, 2013 by rabidleftwinger in Uncategorized
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Guest post by Julian Hall of the Lambeth United Housing Cooperative

Stoke on Trent has recently announced a social housing initiative of selling off rundown homes for a £1 and, issuing grants to repair them, was in the news – deservedly so.

It’s a different story in Lambeth though.

Here the council is evicting people who have maintained housing that the council abandoned for 40 years.

Now councillors – some of whom have been alive for less time than these housing co-ops have existed – are selling off these houses at auction.

This means that social housing units are being lost and people are being pushed on to an over-subscribed waiting list.

Evictions are going on all the time and you may have seen the recent splashes in the South London Press about this.

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