Since the crisis, the number of people renting in the UK has sharply increased, but the number of landlords has decreased, as a smaller and smaller number of richer and richer people control the destiny of more and more Britons.
The UK has some of the worst tenancy laws in the industrialised world, offering virtually no protection from rent hikes and evictions. All this has made the south of England into a property speculatory's paradise -- 40% of the national wealth is in the form of property in the London area -- and situation of increased precarity for working people, whose children could be yanked away from school and friends and clubs, and whose jobs could become an unsustainable commute at any moment. Oxford Geographer Danny Dorling's outstanding book on the British property disaster, All That is Solid, is a must-read on this.
Shelter is the second-most important layer in the hierarchy of needs, right after food. Without stable shelter, you have no security, no ability to plan ahead, no ability to start a business -- life is a scramble, something that affects every member of your family, especially your kids. By turning the roof over your head into an asset instead of a right, successive UK governments have created a situation where doubling the cost of an absolute necessity is considered a virtue.
There's a campaign on 38 Degrees to introduce rent caps in London.
THE LONDON UNDERGROUND RENT MAP: WHERE YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO LIVE, BY STOP
Since the days of David Cameron, the UK has been pressing ahead on a plan to force every British person who wants to see pornography to register as an adult through a private-public partnership (administered by a Canadian porn monopolist that pretends to be a Luxembourg company) before they could see sexy times on the […]
The UK China Tribunal has concluded that China is indeed harvesting organs from prisoners, especially imprisoned members of the banned Falun Gong religion; Falun Gong members have long claimed this to be the case, though the Chinese state denied it and said that it had halted the transplantation of organs from executed prisoners in 2014.
In 2013, the UK coalition government of David Cameron's Tories and the Libdems' Nick Clegg launched a "Help to Buy" scheme that gave incredibly cheap, taxpayer subsidised loans to first-time homebuyers, who got their money interest free for five years and thereafter had to repay it at 1.75% interest.
So you cut the cord and got rid of cable? Join the steadily growing club. But while you’re out picking a streaming service, you might find one big blind spot: Local TV and sports, not to mention first-run programming from the big cable networks. Luckily, there’s a throwback way to get it for free: The […]
Even if you feel like AirPods are worth the price tag, you’ve got to admit there’s a certain anxiety that comes with using them. What if I lose them? What if they get wet in the rain? Or drenched in sweat? Or fall into the drink you dropped them into? Shiny tech is great, but […]
With the quick-fix appeal of video games and their own cell phones, it can be tough to keep kids focused on supposedly “educational” toys. And while it may seem counter-intuitive to fight tech with more tech, we’re all in when it comes to the Toybox 3D Printer. We’re not sure if anyone had envisioned a […]