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‘Vote for affordable rent’

1 November 2006 – Last night, Parliament approved the housing market liberalisation proposed by former Minister Sybilla Dekker. Rents will increase more rapidly and the gap between rich and poor neighbourhoods will deepen. Renters’ Association de Pijp calls to vote on a renter friendly party on 22 November.

According to Renters’ Association de Pijp, Parliament approved the plan at about 1.30 am, with 72 MP’s voting for the proposition and 63 against it. Fifteen MP’s had by then left or had been unable to attend. The proposition was supported by CDA, VVD, LPF, SGP and independent MP Gonny van Oudenallen.

Since Minister Dekker had stepped down because of her responsibility for the Schiphol fire, which killed eleven immigrants waiting for deportation, the proposition was defended by her successor, Pieter Winsemius. In today’s Volkskrant, the very same Winsemius expresses his concern about the problems in tens of disadvantaged neighbourhoods. “This is something we should be very nervous about”.

This statement is remarkable, since his new housing market plans will increase segregation. Incidentally, Winsemius also criticizes cuts in the urban renewal fund made by the present government.

Last night, Renters’ Association de Pijp’s Tjerk Dalhuisen issued a call to vote PvdA, GroenLinks, ChristenUnie, D66 or SP in the 22 November elections. “Call on all your friends, acquaintances, family, neighbours etcetera to vote. Now there is a real choice!!”

On Thursday 9 November, the Amsterdam Renters’ Association organises an election debate in de Balie (in Dutch)


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