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Welfare and housing: fact and right

On 19th of this month, a meeting will be held where the United Kingdom’s ability to have these basic pillars in its society will be discussed.


The Tories are attacking the welfare system with a virulence never displayed by any other government before. Since their arrival in power they have announced cuts amounting to approximately £30 billion.

They have blamed these cuts on a lack of money. Welfare in today’s world, with an increase in unemployment and a reduction in benefits, is an important subject.

But doesn’t Great Britain have sufficient resources, as the seventh largest economic power in the world, to finance an appropriate welfare state and provide adequate housing for all of its citizens? Does it really not have the money? Will there not be enough in the future? Why does the welfare state find itself in question now?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed by the attendees of the event titled, “We Can Afford Welfare AND Housing!”

Speaking will be Kevin Maguire, Associate Editor at the Daily Mirror; Teresa Pearce, MP for Erith and Thamesmead; Andy Winter, Chief Executive of the Brighton Housing Trust; and Andrew Fisher of the Left Economics Advisory Panel (LEAP).

The meeting will take place on Saturday 19th May between 14:00 and 16:30 in the Brighthelm Church & Community Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD. To purchase tickets go to:

Translated by Tim Huntington

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