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Lobbying Updates

Roundtable with Keir Starmer

Our work as part of LSESU’s campaign, Forgotten Students, continues as we push for contract flexibility and fair treatment for tenants in private halls and accommodation. On the 5th March, I participated in a roundtable – alongside LSESU Labour – with Sir Keir Starmer and Emma Hardy MP where we discussed mental health among university students.

During this event, I emphasised the specific mental health crises we are seeing for those currently living in halls of residence. Described by many students as isolating, lonely and having a negative impact on their wellbeing and mental health, I urged both MPs to raise the issue in the Commons. Additionally, I took the opportunity to appeal for Keir to take on the situation in Urbanest, specifically the Kings Cross Urbanest hall, as constituency casework. He agreed to write to Urbanest and implore them to allow tenants to end their contracts early and extend the rent discount for those currently living in hall to the remainder of their contract period.

We also agreed on the need for Urbanest management across its halls to engage with tenant groups and rent strikers. This, combined with the brilliant work of tenants in Urbanest Westminster who brought on side the MP Florence Eshalomi, will force Urbanest to once again justify why they are treating their tenants in such contempt.

It’s crucial we maintain the pressure on all private providers and continue our support of the LSE Rent Strike Now for those in LSE Halls of Residence.

Laura Goddard (Community & Welfare Officer, LSESU)

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