Matt Willgress

Matt Willgress

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Matt Willgress

Matt Willgress

Matt Willgress

Yesterday's Tory Housing Announcement is All Spin and No Substance

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Yesterday Theresa May announced the Conservatives will enable the building of more affordable homes if re-elected. Yet a quick study of their record in government over the last seven years, and the resulting broken housing system in Britain, shows you this is nothing more than pre-election spin.

As Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey explained “Theresa May has been at every cabinet since 2010 and can’t sidestep her share of the blame for the Tory housing crisis.. [as] under Theresa May and the Tories we’ve seen seven years of failure on housing, with the level of new affordable house building now at a 24-year low."

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Labour Has Shown It Can Fix the Tories Housing Crisis

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It’s hard to over exaggerate the housing crisis in Britain, which has deepened so sharply since the Conservatives came back to Government in 2010.

The Tories’ record here is one of failure across the board, from falling home-ownership, to a lack of rights of private renters faced with rising costs, to rising homelessness.

As Jeremy Corbyn has put it, “Britain faces a housing crisis, with runaway rents and unaffordable housing.  The system is rigged, with housing treated as an investment for the few, not homes for the many.” Furthermore, with the Tories’ permanent austerity, growing economic insecurity means that those paying rent and mortgages can expect even tougher times.

One stark illustration off this is the homelessness crisis, which the fifth richest country in the world should be deeply ashamed of. 

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Ecuador Shows the Left Can Win & Transform Countries for the Better

The left-wing candidate Lenin Moreno recently celebrated victory in Ecuador’s presidential election, beating rival Guillermo Lasso and bucking the right’s resurgent trend in South America and giving a major boost to the left in the region. He ran on the basis of promising to protect the social gains of the progressive government there in the last decade and to govern “above all for the poor.”

Lasso, a wealthy banker, stood on a platform of tax cuts for the wealthy, a greater role for the private sector in education and health and financial deregulation.

In contrast, Moreno ran his campaign on the promise of creating 200,000 new jobs, guaranteeing access to higher education, improving older people’s quality of life and building hundreds of thousands of houses to bring dignity to the poorest people without a home.

Moreno is paraplegic after being shot in a robbery in 1998. He served as vice-president during Correa’s first term in 2007-13 before becoming UN special envoy on disability.

As vice-president, he launched an innovative national job placement programme, targeting the institutionalised discrimination and social isolation which keeps many disabled people in poverty.

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Better off with Labour McDonnell’s Alternative to the Tory Budget

Next week at the Spring Budget the Tories will seek to prove both that the Theresa May, Phillip Hammond team has ‘reset’ economic policy from the Cameron-Osborne years and that the economic picture is rosy for Britain-  both couldn’t be further from the truth.

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