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

Housing and Planning Bill Ping-Pong

Living Rent at the Kill the Bill protest at Westminster last Tuesday when the bill went back to MP’s to vote on amendments from the Lords…..
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Unfortunately MPs voted to reject 13 amendments to the Housing Bill demanded by the House of Lords. They backed higher rents for people with a household income of £31,000 or more (£40,000 in London) and plans to make councils sell “high value” homes to pay off the deficit…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36201892

We will continue to lobby MP’s and Lords. If we all lobby them we have a chance to kill the housing bill!

Information on future protests organised by Kill the Bill campaign.

 

We were on BBC Radio …

With an 18% increase in rents since 2014 rent regulations need to be implemented.  This high rate of rent rise has caught the headlines, and The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4 broadcasted their piece on 22nd January at 10pm.  Did you hear it?  If not, here’s the audio clip…

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06wv9cn

The Utopian promise of social housing…….

15 Nov 2:00 pm: Estate, a Reverie – showing at Dukes at Komedia
Director: Andrea Luka Zimmerman

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As part of the Cinecity 13th Brighton Film Festival 13th-29th November 2015

http://www.cine-city.co.uk/festival-event/estate-a-reverie/

Estate, a Reverie tracks the passing of the Haggerston Estate (1936-2014) in Hackney, London and the utopian promise of social housing it offered, with an unruly celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity. Filmed over seven years, with the film-maker herself having lived on the estate for 17 years, Estate, a Reverie reveals and celebrates the resilience of residents who were profoundly overlooked by media representations and wider social responses. Interweaving intimate portraits with the residents’ own historical re-enactments, Estate, a Reverie asks how we might resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability or disability, and even through geography. Estate, A Reverie has been nominated for The Grierson Trust Best Newcomer Documentary 2015 and Andrea Luka Zimmerman for the Jarman Award.

Followed by panel discussion with director Andrea Luka Zimmerman and members of Love Activists and Living Rent