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May 2017

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Focus E15 launch The Newham Nag

Stratford London. Sat 20 May 2017


 Newham Mag is published fortnightly and delivered at council tax payers expense to every address in Newham

 Focus E15's 'thenewhamnag' looks rather similar and so some people were reluctant to take a copy

 The protesters had to keep telling people that it wasn't from the council and was worth reading

 unlike the official publication

 Police tried to talk to Focus E15 and get them to go away

 but they continued to speak about housing issues and the failures of Newham Council

 

 Newham has the HIGHEST number of residents in temporary accomodation of any London Borough

 

 and has kept good homes on the Carpenters Estate empty for over ten years

 while shipping its homeless out to private rented accomodation in distant towns and cities

 

 

 Many Newham councillors are private landlords - the poster says 46 own or control 100 properties

 There are only 59 councillors at the moment, so that's around 78% are landlords.... 58 of the 59 are Labour (and the 59th ex-Labour)

 Newham took out disastrous LOBO loans - £248.5 million - a “one-way” bet in favour of the banks and consultants

 and despite managing to negotiate some respite is still paying out huge amounts on them.

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