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
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
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.
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…..
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…
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.
At the ‘Housing in Crisis’ meeting, we agreed to work together to fight against the decimation of social housing, soaring private rents and homelessness.
We know there are plenty of solutions to the problems but so far no political will. There is a determination to sell off what is left of social housing and an obsession with home ownership, most of which is beyond the reach of ordinary people.
Please come along on Wednesday and bring your ideas for a plan of action.
Living Rent meeting
Wednesday 4th of May at 7.30
The Edge Community Centre
83 Pankhurst Avenue
Fighting the Housing Bill – meeting in parliament Tuesday 3rd May
Write to MPs and Lords – 3 May to oppose the Housing Bill and attend the Kill the Housing Bill meeting in parliament on 3rd May. For details of this and other Kill-the-Bill events, throughout May and June check out Defend Council Housing website.
Tuesday 26th April
The Bevy Community Pub
With speakers from:
Love Activists Brighton
Living Rent Campaign
Defend Council Housing
Our housing rights are under attack – now more than ever before.
Over the past decades we have faced sky-high house prices, soaring rents
and now the social cleansing of our cities, with benefits for those in need capped and cut. There is less and less help for the increasing number who find themselves homeless. Deaths on the streets are becoming commonplace.
Why is it happening? And what can we do about it? Join in the discussion.
Meeting organised by Left Unity
TO: MINISTER OF STATE FOR HOUSING AND PLANNING. BRANDON LEWIS MP
The Housing Bill will take away public funding from affordable homes for rent, instead funneling 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.
For more information on this campaign and petition go to Defend Council Housing
You can also write to the House of Lords where the bill is being debated now
Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16