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Austerity stories you won’t hear about in today’s Budget

REBECCA OMONIRA-OYEKANMI

Rhea needs a home. She is a full-time single mother of three living in destitution on the brink of homelessness. Yet two local authorities are reluctant to help. Why?

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How to start a housing movement

IZZY KOKSAL
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Radical groups working on housing, racism, poverty, sex worker and migrant rights are springing up all over London.

Housing activists stand up to dodgy landlords and council bullies

REBECCA OMONIRA-OYEKANMI and IZZY KOKSAL
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The Grenfell Tower fire forced a public debate on housing inequality in London. Tenants have long been at the mercy of landlords. But resistance is growing.

Austerity stories you won’t hear about in today’s Budget

REBECCA OMONIRA-OYEKANMI

Rhea needs a home. She is a full-time single mother of three living in destitution on the brink of homelessness. Yet two local authorities are reluctant to help. Why?

How to start a housing movement

IZZY KOKSAL

Radical groups working on housing, racism, poverty, sex worker and migrant rights are springing up all over London.

Housing activists stand up to dodgy landlords and council bullies

REBECCA OMONIRA-OYEKANMI and IZZY KOKSAL

The Grenfell Tower fire forced a public debate on housing inequality in London. Tenants have long been at the mercy of landlords. But resistance is growing.

Connor Sparrowhawk: How one boy’s death in NHS care inspired a movement for justice

  • The story of a UK campaign for truth and accountability. And respect for the lives of people who have learning disabilities. Review by Clare Sambrook. Extract by Sara Ryan.

Budget 2017 offered little. We demand more

Day after day we witness the dangerous reality of austerity. #Budget2017 failed to alleviate the pain. But there is strength and power in our resistance. 

Austerity stories you won’t hear about in today’s Budget

Rhea needs a home. She is a full-time single mother of three living in destitution on the brink of homelessness. Yet two local authorities are reluctant to help. Why?

How to start a housing movement

Radical groups working on housing, racism, poverty, sex worker and migrant rights are springing up all over London. Embedded in local communities, they are seasoned activists, precarious workers and families.

Housing activists stand up to dodgy landlords and council bullies

The Grenfell tower fire forced a public debate on housing inequality in London. Tenants have long been at the mercy of landlords, private and social. But resistance is growing.

How housing activists are challenging town hall decisions

Using direct action, housing activists challenge unfeeling and harsh local authority decisionmaking 

Two dead boys, UK state secrecy and the long fight for transparency on restraint

An official manual governs the use of restraint on children in custody. It was published with 182 redactions. Carolyne Willow campaigns for transparency. This week the Court of Appeal hears her case. 

‘Please get me moved from here!’ Pregnant woman in G4S asylum housing

Refugee and asylum seeking women are shockingly over-represented in the records of UK maternal deaths. Yet pregnant women and infants continue to be placed in dangerous housing.

How lawyers fail migrants in the UK

Access to justice has diminished almost to vanishing point, leaving asylum seekers and irregular migrants at risk of exploitation.

On the lethal restraint of young black Londoner, Rashan Charles

The police claimed that an officer intervened to prevent a young man from harming himself. Video evidence suggests a different story. (warning: distressing)

Rashman: Police watchdog to investigate lethal restraint of young black man in Hackney

  • Police claim officer “intervened” to “prevent the man from harming himself”. But video shows sustained restraint. (warning: distressing)

Residents challenge council plans to demolish their homes

Central Hill housing estate in South London is threatened with demolition. Residents are challenging the “regeneration”. Photos by Wasi Daniju, words by Lotte Lewis.

The UK outsourcing experiment: playing with vulnerable lives

A review of Alan White’s Who Really Runs Britain? — the private companies taking control of benefits, prisons, asylum, deportation, security, social care and the NHS.

UK charity seeks funds to challenge use of painful restraints on children

How can it be wrong to hurt vulnerable children inside a secure children’s home, but all right to inflict pain in transit?

‘How do we get out if there’s a fire?’ In Yorkshire, G4S tenants live in fear

Security company G4S housed six families with babies and toddlers in a fire-trap hostel in Halifax.

High Court blasts ‘outrageous’ assault by Tascor staff on torture survivor

Highly unusual punitive damages awarded to Felix Wamala, who was subjected to intensely painful, dangerous restraint techniques.

Fit to run a prison? G4S dodges difficult questions

At a locked down shareholders’ meeting, security company boss sidestepped hard questions, praised BBC exposé of abuse.

Children’s rights and the UK General Election 2017

A leading advocate calls for an Act of Parliament to enshrine children’s rights in law.

‘If I’d known what to ask for, I wouldn’t have gone hungry’

When Theresa May’s Britain grants asylum, a brutal 28 day countdown starts.

Money talks: Meet three people who want to live in the UK

Government visa fees tell would-be immigrants that in the UK, money talks ...

Theresa May’s tough line on immigration punishes British children

“To them it’s just another number, someone else being sent back. But when you’ve got three children being left without their dad … it’s quite major.”

Violent and dangerous places: the rise in prison suicides in England and Wales

Cuts, overcrowding and understaffing have created a toxic mix of violence, death and human misery.

Refuse, retract, resist: boycott the schools census

As the British state tries to make a register of foreign-born children, parents should question a liberal trust in government and reject borders in classrooms. An interview with Gargi Bhattacharyya.

17 plead not guilty over Stansted deportation protest

Defendants contest public order charges arising from protest that stopped a Home Office removal flight.

Behave or get deported, says G4S

EXCLUSIVE: The world’s biggest security company, landlord to asylum-seekers, threatens tenants with expulsion from the UK.

5 reasons why we stopped a UKgov deportation flight to Nigeria last night

As a government ghost flight prepared for take-off, activists intervened.

Sheffield campaigner scheduled for life-threatening removal to Cameroon on Friday

Paul Blomfield MP works to avert deportation of Pride Mbi Agbor, a popular member of Yorkshire’s City of Sanctuary movement. 

Child was held for a staggering 151 days in men’s immigration lockup Morton Hall in Lincolnshire

Today’s inspection report reveals that children were detained among 400 adults. One detainee had been convicted of multiple offences against children. (See also: 'People come in here normal, but they get ill')

‘People come in here normal, but they get ill.’ Protesting against deaths at a UK migrant jail

Intrusive police surveillance deployed against peaceful protestors at Morton Hall. (See also: Child held for 151 days at Morton Hall)

Fighting to win asylum from rape: the case of Erioth Mwesigwa

Today, Monday 20 February, at 4.30pm, a protest has been called outside the Home Office against the removal and detention of Erioth Mwesigwa, a rape survivor from Uganda.

Fail, fail, and have another government contract

Security contractors G4S and Serco and housing company Clearsprings have for years supplied UK asylum seekers with shoddy housing. The contracts carry on regardless.

The end of domestic violence support for black and brown women in the UK?

Dedicated refuges were created to answer a desperate need. Now their survival is at risk. 

The seeds of post-Brexit racial violence lie in government policy

Racist attacks are condemned by politicians who stop short of examining their complicity. New research suggests policy ignites hatred.

Iraq abuse allegations: Resist, deny, hide

Theresa May has made it clear she intends to follow previous governments in tarnishing Iraq abuse allegations as false. Final day of our 7 day series.

Rising tide of allegations suggests ‘systemic abuse’ by British military

Rogue military personnel?  Or a deliberate policy of abuse? Day 6 of our 7 day series on alleged abuse by British soldiers in Iraq.

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