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  1. Monday 27th November 2017

    Corbyn tells housing summit that fundamental change is needed

    REAL justice for Grenfell Tower victims and survivors won’t come without fundamental change, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

    The party leader said that regeneration projects that did not have the support of residents would be blocked under Labour.

    He called the Grenfell Tower fire a “preventable disaster” and said that real justice would come as a result of “a society in which there’s decent, secure, truly affordable and safe homes for all.”

    Speaking at the National Housing Summit in London on Saturday, Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack expressed his doubts over the effectiveness of the public inquiry into the west London fire, which killed at least 71 residents.

    “We demand that the views of working-class communities are heard,” he said.

    In a video message to campaigners attending the summit, Mr Corbyn said: “There has never been a time when housing has been such an important issue for millions of people.

    “We have a deepening housing crisis created by decades of allowing policy to be dictated by the market.”

    The Labour leader said the Budget announced last Wednesday showed that the Tories are not prepared to take the action needed to solve the crisis.

    “Beneath the accounting tricks and spin, nothing they announced on Wednesday will guarantee that a single additional home is built,” he said.

    Mr Corbyn promised investment for council housing and private-sector rent controls, citing the prevalence of eviction and tenants spending half their income for substandard and overcrowded homes.

    He reminded delegates of his speech at Labour’s party conference in September, saying that he wanted “an end to regeneration projects being used for social cleansing.”

    It was seen by many as an attack on Labour-controlled Haringey Council’s plans to hand over a whopping £2 billion of housing stock to privateer Lendlease.

    The Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) has been at the centre of a bitter struggle between supporters of council leader Clare Kober and opponents of the project including the borough’s two Labour MPs, Catherine West and David Lammy.

    Key supporters of HDV, including the council’s cabinet member for housing and regeneration Alan Strickland, were forced to stand down as councillors ahead of next year’s elections.

    Such projects would be brought to an end under Labour, with regeneration “for the benefit of the local people, not private developers, not property speculators,” Mr Corbyn pledged.

    “No social cleansing, no jacking up rents, no exorbitant ground rents,” he said.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-2a6b-No-justice-without-safe-homes-for-all#.Whwu_XmDMdU

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