All are welcome to the next campaign meeting. Come along to plan our next actions:
Wednesday 28th October, 7 p.m.
The Southover pub (upstairs)
58 Southover St, 
Brighton, 
East Sussex 
BN2 9UF

Main Points from recent public events:

The social housing event on 8th October – main points:
Great intro from our speakers Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP, Chris Henry, Labour Party representative for Peter Kyle MP, Leila Erin-Jenkins, council tenant and Jane Eyles, housing expert and BHT.
Lively discussion around the extension of the Right to Buy to all housing association (HA) tenants at a discount of up to 70% of market rate. The government has avoided legislation by striking a voluntary deal with HA’s.
    • How will the decision by 50% of HA’s, (who were only given 6 days to decide and no consultation with tenants), to accept the government’s plan affect the future of social housing.
    • Some councils have already said they will not work with these HA’s – contact BHCC to see where they stand on this.
    • We discussed the effect on those tenants who do buy of fluctuating interest rates – will they be able to afford their mortgage if rates go up?
    • Better advertise events like this by leafleting more social housing tenants
    • Involve private tenants as the scheme will have a knock-on effect on the private market, if we have less social housing
    • We discussed the use of two favorite words of the moment “Affordable” which no longer means truly affordable and “Aspiration” and the assumption that everybody wants to “own” their own property.

We will continue to campaign against this and be watching how other councils react and if there is any secondary legislation forcing councils to sell their “high-end” properties to finance the discounts to HA’s.

Tenant Solidarity meeting 15th October 2015

A great success and packed meeting
All moved by film Si Se Puede, which you can still watch on You Tube, inspired by the determination, and success of  PAH housing action organisation in Barcelona.
A groups has been set up from the meeting to support and campaign for private tenants
‘Brighton Tenants Resistance’  FACEBOOK PAGE

SÍ SE PUEDE. Seven days at PAH Barcelona (FULL MOVIE)