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UK: Activists crash council meeting over 'social cleansing' of London's estates02:23

UK: Activists crash council meeting over 'social cleansing' of London's estates

United Kingdom, London
March 7, 2016 at 15:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around 20 activists from the far-left group Class War gatecrashed a London council meeting on property hosted by Savilles estate agents, in London on Monday.

The protesters stormed the London Geological Society building where the meeting was being held, between mayoral candidates Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith and advisors from the private housing company.

Commenting on the negotiations, Class War activist Simon Elmer said that "meetings like this are directly set up to bring forward social cleansings." He went on to say that "this meeting is not in isolation, it's very close to the housing and planning bill which is currently being debated in the Lords."

The Housing Bill which is currently going through Parliament would make long term council housing much more difficult to find for low-income earners and the general public.

The number of children entitled to free school meals is often used as an indicator of deprivation. Official data released by the Department for Education has revealed that this has dropped by a third in some London boroughs since 2010.

UK: Activists crash council meeting over 'social cleansing' of London's estates02:23
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Around 20 activists from the far-left group Class War gatecrashed a London council meeting on property hosted by Savilles estate agents, in London on Monday.

The protesters stormed the London Geological Society building where the meeting was being held, between mayoral candidates Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith and advisors from the private housing company.

Commenting on the negotiations, Class War activist Simon Elmer said that "meetings like this are directly set up to bring forward social cleansings." He went on to say that "this meeting is not in isolation, it's very close to the housing and planning bill which is currently being debated in the Lords."

The Housing Bill which is currently going through Parliament would make long term council housing much more difficult to find for low-income earners and the general public.

The number of children entitled to free school meals is often used as an indicator of deprivation. Official data released by the Department for Education has revealed that this has dropped by a third in some London boroughs since 2010.

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