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Andy Slaughter MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Housing and Shadow Minister for London, commenting on research for the Trust for London charity showing that 4 in 10 Londoners can’t afford a decent standard of living, said:

“This is a timely reminder that the growing national housing crisis is entrenched and endemic in London, and that the Government is doing next to nothing to resolve it. Indeed in many ways it is making it worse.

"For those on the London Living Wage of £9.75 an hour, the only type of housing that is affordable in London is housing association or council rented property but both are under attack from right-to-buy and forced sale schemes.

"The Mayor of London is showing the way by insisting on high levels of shared ownership, London Living Rent and genuinely affordable social rented homes in new developments.  But to get the volume and type of housing that Londoners can afford to rent or buy requires major initiative by central Government, not the vacuum in policy revealed in the recent White Paper.”

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This is a timely reminder that the growing national housing crisis is entrenched and endemic in London - Andy Slaughter

Andy Slaughter MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Housing and Shadow Minister for London, commenting on research for the Trust for London charity showing that 4 in 10 Londoners can’t afford a decent...

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, is coordinating EU-wide efforts by socialist parties to protect the rights of UK citizens living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK. 

Today, Jeremy has written to leaders of seven European socialist parties, allied to Labour and in government, to lobby, at every level of the EU, for the rights of British citizens abroad and to reaffirm Labour's commitment to the rights of EU residents in the UK.

The letters follow discussions Jeremy Corbyn initiated at a Party of European Socialists conference that Labour hosted in London last week.

With the British government likely to trigger Article 50 in the coming weeks and negotiations around Britain’s future relationship with the EU about to begin, millions of people across the EU are uncertain and fearful about what the future holds for them. 

In the letters, he appeals to the "common voice" of socialist parties across Europe to help guarantee the rights of "around 3 million EU Citizens, living, working and contributing greatly in our societies" and "an estimated 1.5 million British people living in different parts of the European mainland."

Theresa May has resisted Labour calls for the government to act unilaterally to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK. It currently looks likely to take the issue of rights for EU migrants in the UK and British migrants in the EU into what could be a difficult and unpredictable period of negotiations.

Jeremy Corbyn states this is the reason he is writing "as a friend and sister party colleague" asking "for you and your government to work formally with other socialist colleagues in the EU council and insist that the current rights of both EU and British citizens are guaranteed and insist this decision is the first to be made once Article 50 is triggered."

"As socialist parties, we all agree that we must work together to make sure the basic values we share are fully represented in a final agreement between Britain and the EU. Therefore I see no better way to start by making this issue a key priority for us in the coming months, we cannot allow our citizens, our neighbours and our friends be subject to further uncertainty or be used as a bargaining chip."

"We as socialists must stand up for the rights of everybody and I am confident this can be done through the Brexit process and beyond, if we stay true to our beliefs and work together."

Jeremy Corbyn works with European socialist parties in government to lobby for rights of British people in EU and EU citizens in the UK

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, is coordinating EU-wide efforts by socialist parties to protect the rights of UK citizens living in the EU and EU citizens living in...

At Prime Minister’s Questions recently Jeremy Corbyn challenged the Prime Minister over an apparent ‘sweetheart’ deal for Surrey Council. The Government has apparently offered Conservative-led Surrey special terms to back down on a proposal to increase council tax by 15 per cent in order to deal with the social care crisis; it has not offered this same deal to other councils suffering from the Tory social care crisis. 

Now, new Labour analysis of Local Government Association statistics reveals that:

-          By backing down from a 15 per cent council tax rise, in favour of a five per cent rise, Surrey Council are foregoing £62m in increased revenue. We can assume that they have been offered central government recompense for doing so.

-          If the Conservative Government were to offer all local authorities funding to make up the difference between a 15 per cent and a five per cent rise it would cost them over £2bn - £290m in London

In agreeing such a deal the Tories have tacitly accepted warnings from experts that social care is in crisis. The Kings Fund recently reported that there was a £1.9bn funding gap facing social care in 2017/18.

Teresa Pearce, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said:

“Local government is facing a huge crisis in funding social care. Downing Street has caused it and should be fixing it, but instead they’ve cooking up unfair deals accused of special favours to Tory councils only. It’s outrageous.

“The Government should not be using backroom deals with sympathetic Tory council leaders to try and avoid negative publicity whilst offering no support to the rest of the country.

“We need a long-term strategic rethink of social care funding, as well as urgent funding to stem the crisis which is hurting elderly and disabled people right now rather than these private secret deals.”

Surrey council sweetheart deal would be worth £290m to London councils if replicated

At Prime Minister’s Questions recently Jeremy Corbyn challenged the Prime Minister over an apparent ‘sweetheart’ deal for Surrey Council. The Government has apparently offered Conservative-led Surrey special terms to back...

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