The worsening housing crisis in London will be highlighted on Saturday (26 April) by a bus tour which members of the public can hop aboard, as it wends its way through Barnet, Brent and Westminster.
The ‘Housing Inequality Bus Tour’ is being organised by the community section of Unite, the country’s largest union, and local housing groups, as the capital leads the UK with the current house price explosion, putting properties way beyond the reach of working people.
The bus starts at 32 Cambridge Avenue NW2 at 13.00 on Saturday and then stops at Bishops Avenue N2 at 13.30; West Hendon Estate NW9 at 14.00; Jubilee Sports Centre W10 at 14.45; and arriving at South Kilburn Estate (Peel Precinct) NW6 at about 15.30.
Unite’s London community coordinator Pilgrim Tucker said: “We want members of the public to hop aboard the bus to show that ordinary people are fed up with all aspects of London’s housing crisis - from the lack of social housing to the obscene explosion in house prices, partly fuelled by rich overseas purchasers.
“Our tour visits places in London that show the harsh human consequences of the capital’s housing crisis.
“This manifests itself in a variety of ways; from soaring private sector rents, the sale of social homes, evictions due to welfare reform, gentrification, and the use of London’s houses as investment properties for excessively wealthy people.
“All this means that ordinary people are finding it increasingly difficult to live in the city where they have their roots and networks. These are things we don’t have to accept. London should provide housing for all, not just the wealthy few.”
Pilgrim Tucker said that on Sunday (27 April) there will be a day of workshops and discussion being hosted by Unite at its offices at 33-37 Moreland Street EC1V 8BB.
The link to the weekend’s activities can be accessed via the radical housing website.
For further information please contact Pilgrim Tucker, Unite community coordinator (London and Eastern) on 07970 126249 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
Notes to editors
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.