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.
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.
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.
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.
Please come along on Wednesday and bring your ideas for a plan of action.
Wednesday 4th of May at 7.30
The Edge Community Centre
83 Pankhurst Avenue
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.
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