“Looming housing benefit cuts will ‘enforce Victorian housing conditions to match Victorian values’, a leading lawyer claimed last week.

Mike Dailly, of Govan Law Centre, said the reductions for ‘under-occupations’ would lead to more evictions, homelessness and family break up

He made the alarming claims at a well-attended meeting held in the Pearce Institute, organised by Linthouse Tenants and Central Govan Tenants Association.

Those present heard the chair of Govan Housing Association, John Flanagan, state the benefit changes represented the biggest blow to housing associations since their formation. Calling for a grassroots campaign, he harked back to Mary Barbour, who led the Govan rent strikes in 1915.

Kenny McLeod, the Depute Director of Linthouse Housing Association, then described the benefit changes as a ‘shameful attack on the most vulnerable’. Mr McLeod added that it would be important for the campaign to be linked up with other campaigns such as those against the cuts currently being imposed on those with disabilities.

Later Phil Traish, Chair of Renfrewshire Tenants Federation, described actions taken in his area to mobilise opposition.

The Tenant’s Groups agreed to meet again in November to discuss the crisis with elected representatives, and organise a petition to go to the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith”

from Cuts will put tenants ‘into Victorian slums’, Govan Press, 25th October 2012


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