Next Online Organising Meeting – 8th August 2020, 11am

Our next organising meeting is Saturday 8th August at 11am via Zoom.

Login details will be emailed to our mailing list – sign up today.

Action plans from last meeting here: 
http://www.axethehousingact.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/action-points_250720.pdf

Get in touch if there are housing issues we can help with, or if you 
need a hand. Government plans to resume legal evictions from 23 August, will escalate the housing crisis. Tenants are at the front end of this crisis. Millions are broke, insecure and hungry, as inequality is aggravated by the health and 
economic crisis. 

It’s clear whose interests Government is lining up with: Housing 
minister Lord Greenhalgh says more evictions are how to end lockdown, 
and the Government is pushing owners to convert more commercial 
buildings into homes without planning approval
and the safety controls 
involved.  But tenants also won a victory this week, when a district 
Court said it’s illegal for landlords to ban tenants claiming housing 
benefit (though Government is trying to overturn this by appeal).

We want to step up pressure for Government action to stop a wave of 
evictions, suspend rents for those losing income, pay housing and other 
benefits from day one, and start work to create 100,000 new council 
homes.  The Prime Minister is promising more investment in public
infrastructure – but still leaving council housing off his list.  We
will work out ways to step up the pressure for investment in new and
reclaimed council homes.

We’ve urged the Labour Party to continue their pledge to reform national housing policy on Labour’s policy forum:
https://www.policyforum.labour.org.uk/commissions/homes-for-all

And can you help ensure Bangladeshi tenants see this survey about why 
COVID is having such a damaging impact on their community:
https://www.britbanglacovid.com/2020/06/function-var-qsjsqsddocument-gid_11.html?m=1&fbclid=IwAR0–F9fs32Srq9JZcrRCuuNhkVbxLIJtA8dBl5lMRTRafQOITEKF9sSm1Q

Our survey has confirmed how tenants, and especially private 
renters and those who are ill, are struggling.  You can see the initial 
results here: 
http://www.axethehousingact.org.uk/uncategorized/our-survey-confirms-covid-impact-on-tenants/

Grenfell, Housing and Racism – Online Public Meeting, 14th July 2020 – 7PM

At the Grenfell inquiry this week, a QC for the families said “Grenfell is inextricably linked with race. It is the elephant in the room.”  That’s why, on Tuesday 14th July 2020 at 7pm on the monthly anniversary of the atrocity, we’re holding an 
online public meeting, “Grenfell, Housing and Racism”. 

Our speakers will be Apsana Begum (MP for Poplar and Limehouse), Abbas Dadou (Chair of a Residents Association near the tower), Kasim Ali (Kensington and  Chelsea Councillor), Tanya Murat (Defend Council Housing) and Moyra Samuels (local resident and Stand Up to Racism).  We’ll also be joined from the USA by Chivona Newsome, co-founder of Black Lives Matter in New York City.

It promises to be a really interesting and inspiring meeting.  Please 
try to come along and help spread the word.  The meeting will be live 
streamed on the Homes for All Facebook page and YouTube channel, links 
below:

https://www.facebook.com/Axe-the-Housing-Act-secure-homes-for-all-1535565046764103/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMh2QRvMoz2w3hX3Tmaka-A

The Facebook event link is below, so please share and invite if you can:

https://www.facebook.com/events/3277441318978750/

If you’re on Twitter, there’s a link here you can retweet:

Also earlier this week, the influential National Infrastructure Commission, which advises the government, said council houses are the “only way to reach 300,000 homes goal” (The Times, 8.7.20).  In response, Defend Council Housing sent out the following press release:

http://www.axethehousingact.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/GovtAdvisor_councilhousing080720.pdf

Watch or listen to the meeting now: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Zbac0u-GkKO8ylADE-VyjJTzJA7KTowc