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Paul Collins: 'Amid campaigns against the governments here and in South Africa, activists are determined to win housing equality for all.'
Comment: In Britain and Africa, campaigners fight for housing equality

As Jacob Zuma runs for re-election and workers continue to fight the British platinum mining firm Lonmin, activists in South Africa persist in their battle their for decent housing, even if their requests fall on deaf ears at the African National Congress. But in Britain , with benefit cuts and a ban on squatting being enshrined in law, things are not so different.

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BSIA: Commercial properties to remain vulnerable under new squatting law

Squatting is to become a criminal offence in the UK following a change in the law, which comes into force on 1st September 2012. While this move is welcomed by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), there are fears that the law still doesn’t go far enough to protect commercial and non-residential properties.