“DECENT Homes for All” will be the central demand of a socially-distanced rally that will take place on Friday (10th July) in Harlow Town Centre. The speakers will be Laura McAlpine, former Labour Parliamentary candidate for Harlow, and Mick Patrick, Chair of Harlow Defend Council Housing and Secretary of Harlow Trades Union Council. The rally will also call for a rent freeze for all those struggling financially because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the cancellation of all pandemic related rent arrears, and a ban on evictions arising from such arrears.
Friday’s protest has been called by Harlow Coronavirus People Before Profit Action Group.
“We have all found the lockdown difficult” said John Wake, speaking on behalf of the Action Group, “but families living in tiny overcrowded flats in converted office blocks such as Terminus House have found it more difficult than most. We want to see an end to the creation of such abominations. Seventy-odd years ago, a Britain recovering from a devastating war could build massive numbers of good standard council houses. The economy in 2020 produces far greater wealth per head of the population then it did in 1945, yet the standard of some new housing is worse than that of 1920.”
“We are determined to fight to ensure that this crisis will not lead to an increase in homelessness in this country,” he added. “We hope that the new-found sense of community generated by the pandemic will be mobilised to ensure an end to the housing crisis, so that there will be decent homes available to all who need them.”
The rally begins at 6:45 PM in East Walk (near Harlow Bus Station) on Friday 10th July. ■
See the video Let’s Talk About Housing at:
Information on the Harlow Coronavirus People Before Profit Action Group can be found at:
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