The Great London Clearances: Decision Time

Joan Twelves

The House of Lords’ Amendments to the Housing Bill

charles12-trial-port-xSuch is the perversion of democracy in this country that the fate of working class homes is now in the hand of unelected peers and bishops.

And such are the peculiarities of the British class system that, while our old Etonian elected leaders sell off our land and homes to the highest bidders, it is lords and ladies born and bred on council estates who are leading the battle against them.

These lords and ladies have spent some weeks in Committee scrutinising the Housing and Planning Bill passed with such haste by the House of Commons on the night of 12 January and they are now reporting back. Despite having discussed a myriad amendments, only some will get voted on by the full House as only five sessions have been timetabled with the third (final) reading of the bill scheduled for…

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Author: Joan Twelves

Chair, Kennington Park Estate Tenants & Residents Association, former Labour Leader of Lambeth Council (1989-91)

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