Today at the Civic Centre in Brent, the Council executive met to discuss the introduction of the government’s rent restructuring regime. Concretely it means aligning the rents of social landlords (Local Authorities and Housing Associations) with the private market.
TUSC completely opposes Brent council’s implementation of the rent convergence regime that will see a massive rent increase for Brent Housing Partnership tenants (up to 100%) . This policy will have a devastating effect on individuals and families in Brent who are already facing huge pressures on their incomes in addition to big rises in their gas and electric bills.
Rather than squeezing people’s spending even further, Brent Labour lead council should be leading a campaign to demand that the government puts in the necessary extra funding to stop these rent increases. Brent council should also refuse to pass on Tory cuts and demand the government provides funding to reverse all the other council cuts as well as to build new Genuinely affordable council housing.
If Brent councillors are not prepared to stand up and fight in the interests of the vast majority of the population in Brent and oppose these cuts then they should stand aside in favour of candidates who will oppose these cuts.
In the 2014 council elections Brent TUSC will be standing a whole range of anti-cuts candidates who are fighting against the cuts and will oppose any cuts as councillors should they be elected. These candidates include trade unionists, socialists and other anti-cuts candidates including Isabel Counihan-Sanchez from the Housing 4 All campaign previously named “The Counihan-Sanchez Family housing campaign”.
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