Statement to voters
Betiel Mahari is a single mother of two children, aged 10 and 11. She works in retail on a zero-hours contract. Housing has been a massive issue in her life for the last 4 or 5 years - she became an activist to try to save her own home. Betiel lived on the Loughborough Park Estate in Brixton for 11 years, until her family lost their home when the estate was completely demolished by Guinness Trust in a £75m "regeneration" scheme. She was forced to leave Brixton, with huge disruption to her family. ("That's what regeneration does," she says.) Her children are now commuting the lengthy distance from Newington to Brixton in order to maintain their educational stability and friends. Betiel's own health has been affected and she describes her life as "totally ruined".
Betiel is now fighting to stave off being evicted for a second time, because her "affordable" home in Newington is not affordable. Betiel says: "'Affordable' rent is a con. It's set at 80% of market rents, not according to any measure of actual affordability. With two kids it requires an income of £35,000, which is higher than the national average, and the cap on Housing Benefit payments means I won't have enough money coming in to maintain our family's tenancy. When I visited the office of Neil Coyle MP seeking help, he said he would be in touch and then I heard nothing."
Betiel is passionate about social housing, and how important it is to maintain it. Previously involved with Lambeth Green Party, Betiel is now standing for the Green Party here in the local elections because of its commitment to social housing and providing everyone with a safe and affordable home.
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(Past event) Tuesday 24 April 2018 18:30: Southwark LE2018 Hustings (Leaders Debate) #2, The Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Saviour and St Mary Overie, Southwark SE1 9DA.
(Past event) Saturday 14 April 2018 17:30: Shaping Southwark Hustings, Christ Church Peckham, 676-680 Old Kent Road SE15 1JF.
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2018: The Southwark local election, as the Green Party candidate for the Newington
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