Campaigners commit to continue fight and launch protests in June

At last months strategy meeting the , renamed, ‘Axe the Housing Act’ campaigners committed to fight to prevent implementation of the hated Housing & Planning Act. The discussion ranged from calling on councils to block and stop implementation of the Act to building networks of resistance on estates and in communities to provide advice, stop evictions and stop the sale of council property and land.

People pointed out that we are fighting a government at war with itself. A government that is being investigated by 12 police forces as to whether it bought the last election. The Housing & Planning Bill was not in their manifesto but will result in the biggest fire sale of public homes and land to property developers in history. A divided government and an illegitimate Act.

On our side there are still millions of families living in council & housing association housing. Millions of people that the government wants to drive into the hell of the private rental sector with its uncontrolled rents and insecurity of tenure.

Our campaign has the task of continuing to explain to millions of people the disastrous impact of this Act will be. To help organise social housing tenants alongside private renters, lease holder and home owners to fight to defend and extend secure housing, controlled rents and the right to a decent home.

As a start a number of protests were called for June.

Our campaigners are organising estate meetings explaining the Act and organising resistance. If you want to help organise or need a speaker email killthehousingbill@gmail.com.

Leaflets and posters can be downloaded from ‘Resources’ menu.

We are then many they are the few.

Sign the petition against the Housing Bill

TO: MINISTER OF STATE FOR HOUSING AND PLANNING. BRANDON LEWIS MP.

Scrap the Housing and Planning Bill, in particular:
1. Stop forcing councils to sell much needed social homes
2. Drop plans to charge higher rent to households with incomes over £30k (40k in London)
3. Retain secure tenancies
4. Scrap moves to make it easier to evict private renters, and reintroduce rent controls
5. Invest in social housing so that councils can build truly affordable homes

Why is this important?

The Housing Bill will take away public funding from affordable homes for rent, instead funnelling money into ‘Starter Homes’ that only the rich can afford. It will make it easier for private landlords to evict renters, and do nothing to control private rents.

The bill will also force cash-strapped councils to hand over millions of pounds to housing associations to allow them to sell their properties cheaply, and replace secure tenancies with ones as short as 2 years

Social housing has been the bedrock of many communities for the past 70 years. It pays for itself and 30 years ago provided homes to one in three British people, allowing people and communities to thrive. We are not against people buying a home, but this must not be at the expense of social housing for those who can’t afford to buy.

Sign here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-housing-bill

March against the Housing Bill 30th Jan

Assemble 12 noon at Imperial War Museum Lambeth Road SE1 6HZ

March to Cameron’s publicly funded home in Downing Street for 2pm

The Housing Bill marks the end of social housing. The Housing Bill condemns millions more to a lifetime of insecure private renting. It is a charter for estate demolitions and property speculation driving up rents and house prices.

  • The end of secure lifetime tenancies. Council tenancies will be for 2 to 5 years with no right to pass it on to your children.
  • Landlords will have access to tenant’s personal income information and if households start to earn over £40,000 (a couple on the living wage) they will be hit with a PAY-TO-STAY TAX for the difference between their social rent and the market rent – in Waterloo that would be an average of £26,000.
  •  Local authorities will be forced to sell ‘high value’ properties whenever they come vacant – what flat in London is not high value? Housing association tenants will get the right to buy, so reducing stock further.
  •  Private renters and Travellers to have reduced housing rights.
  •  Developers will have to build ‘starter homes’ for sale instead of ‘affordable’ homes for rent. Starter homes will be worth up to £450,000 and sold at a 20% discount – but only to people with enough money to get that kind of a mortgage!

Join the march, lobby your MP, spread the word and KILL THIS BILL

Info: housingactivists.co.uk or radicalhousingnetwork.org.

To help: lambethhousingactivists@gmail.com / 07834 828 292