In The Name of Regeneration……

Before his death in 1900, William Sutton made a last Will and Testament which would see his vast fortune left to house families onlow incomes suffering from poor living standards. Many of the Sutton Estate’s first residents were women on low income jobs. Over 2,000 people found a place that could be called home at the Sutton Estate, Chelsea. Find out more on the Save the Sutton Estate Website

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“The Sutton Estate in London is now managed by Affinity Sutton, who are planning to destroy the buildings, construct new accommodation and sell a large proportion off as luxury accommodation.”

We hope that the Royal Borough of kensington & Chelsea will do the right thing and refuse the developers appeal to demolish this estate.

There are words that as a housing campaign we have come to dread and regeneration is one if them. This usually means an opportunity for a private developer to take over an area under the guise of providing much needed housing, the only problem is it is usually luxury apartments that do nothing to solve the local housing crisis and everything to do with making a profit for the developer. We need a mix of housing and not just for those that can afford it.

Lets hold our own council to account to ensure that new developments are providing affordable, (another one of those words) housing that is realistically within the means of ordinary people.

New homes do nothing to help Brighton and Hove’s housing crisis

ARTISAN homes in an apartment block where developers controversially chose to pay £1.2 million rather than build affordable homes have now come on to the market, costing more than half a million…read more and comments from the Living Rent Campaign

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Interview with Latest TV

 

A petition set up by Carrie Hynds calls upon Brighton & Hove City Council to meet their own affordable housing targets and make developers provide 40% affordable homes on sites of 15+ units. Sign here Petition

I can’t afford to live in Brighton!

I’m one pay cheque away from becoming homeless. We can’t afford higher rents!

I want a safe roof over my head. I spend half my income on rent!

Don’t get angry – get active – join the campaign

March For Homes – 24th June

Justice for Grenfell

Join the protest March for Homes Saturday 24 June 2017 12 noon Parliament Square SW1P 3AD

The terrible Grenfell fire shows the murderous result of housing policies dictated by profit and greed. Tenants die because landlords don’t listen. Everyone needs a home they can afford. Government continues to destroy council housing. Street homeless and insecurity is soaring, and millions are trapped in expensive, insecure private renting. People pay over half their income in rent – while landlords and developers get tax breaks and subsidies. Opposition in and outside Parliament stalled much of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, including Pay to Stay and sell off of council homes on the open market. But the Act is law, and is still a threat. A united housing movement needs to challenge the weak Government, take direct action and force the changes we need.

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24 June protest supported by Defend Council Housing, One Housing and other housing association tenant groups; privaterenters groups; National Union of Students; Peoples Assembly against Austerity; Disabled People Against Cuts; National Pensioners Convention; Unison, GMB, National Union of Teacher and other trade unions; British Association of Social Workers; Bishop of Stepney and others.

Axe the Act

Kill the Housing Bill campaign update…

The Housing and Planning Bill is now the Housing and Plannng Act.

The ‘Kill the Housing Bill’ campaign, an alliance of tenants of all tenures, trade unionists, politicians and housing activists, has now agreed to rename itself ‘Axe the Housing Act’. The focus of the campaign will be building a national network of local groups committed to raising awareness of the threat and uniting opposition to it.

There will be a second national demonstration on the:

18th of June assembling at 12 noon from Hyde Park corner London.

The Act limped through Parliament 12 May (read Act here ), but will not be in force till April 2017; much of its detail is not yet agreed.   Most people still don’t know about the end of building homes for rent, sell offs of council homes, pay to stay tenant tax, de-regulation of housing associations, failure to control private rents, and make it easier to demolish and clear estates.