The Tories re-announced their ‘solution’ to the building safety crisis in the Budget last week, a £5bn fund to tackle fire safety remediation. Of course this money is a fraction of the £5 – £50bn that remediation is expected to cost. This was accompanied, as usual, by warm words about how leaseholders should not have to pay. If they thought they could put a dampener on the planned protests on Saturday, they were very wrong. There were eight protests and seven of them were live streamed into the Building Safety Crisis rally online. We were delighted to support the protests in person and by providing the tech support.
We heard, a couple of days before the day of action that Michael Gove had called leaseholders in for a meeting. Michael Gove is the Secretary of State for Levelling Up (sic), Housing and Communities. We think there is little doubt that the publicity around the upcoming protests played a role in his decision to meet leaseholders. Following the protests we are reliably informed that there is more interest in the press and parliament for a real solution – the Polluter Pays Bill.
We demanded that the Government makes Developers pay! The costs to fix fire safety issues should not fall on tenants or leaseholders. Speakers were: Chloe Waite, Action for Fire Safety Justice Tanya Murat, Homes For All Jenni Garrett, End Our Cladding Scandal Matt Wrack, FBU Georgie Hume, CLADDAG Chair, Moyra Samuels, Grenfell Campaigner Protests featured at the online rally were: ⁕ London City Hal l⁕ Abbey Quays Barking ⁕ Upton Park ⁕ Ipswich Waterfront ⁕ Stotfold ⁕ Bristol City Hall ⁕ Strasbourg European Court of Human Rights
REPORT: This ITV report is a good example of the coverage we received.
Southend: A Great day action on empty homes in Southend National day of action by Action on Empty Homes & Homes for all .The Southend action organised By Essex Unite Community Branch .Attended by Essex Unite community, Acorn renters Union,Harlow And District trade Union Council. Basildon & Thurock Trades Union Council ,Southend Trades Union Council. CWU Rep. Southend Labour Party Members. 100s Signed petition to Southend Esasr/West MPs to End Homelessness & Build Council Homes.
Islington: On Saturday, six Islington Councillors, together with Islington residents and activists from Islington Homes for All, Islington Housing Action, Action on Empty Homes and Street Storage (for homeless people) gathered outside the 28 empty ex-warders’ flats belonging to the Ministry of Justice behind Pentonville Prison, left empty for years. They were protesting against the continued refusal by the Ministry of Justice to honour the agreement made in 2019 with Islington Council for the flats to be leased to house homeless and overcrowded families in a borough with over 14,000 households on the housing waiting list. Councillor Diarmaid Ward, Islington Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Housing emphasised the borough’s urgent need for these family-sized flats in the context of the present government clear disregard for people’s welfare in its pursuit to make money.
South London: Southwark, Aylesbury Estate. Up to 30 people protested at the Aylesbury Estate where the regeneration means the demolition of over 2,000 council homes. Over 600 council homes stand empty, waiting to be demolished. Southwark Council has been putting temporary tenants in these empty homes, and is subsidising developer Notting Hill Genesis to provide council homes in replacement of those that are demolished. We demand that NHG is removed and the estate is refurbished.
Westminster – Waiting for Report
E17 Against Evictions (Walthamstow) – Waiting for Report
Join us for our next national day of local protests, to demand that the Government make Developers pay to fix the Fire Safety Crisis!Leaseholders and tenants are trapped in unsafe homes, facing bankruptcy and eviction because our homes weren’t built to be safe.
Meanwhile, developers get off scot free and continue to make huge profits.Join us as we fight for our rights and demand change. Bring your friends, family and neighbours and let’s make a noise!
Saturday 30 October 2021, 11:30am – 12:30pm Building Safety Crisis Day of Action Online Rally https://www.facebook.com/events/680536556257607 We demand that the Government makes Developers pay! The costs to fix fire safety issues should not fall on tenants or leaseholders. Join Action for Fire Safety Justice and supporters for a rally featuring outside broadcasts from protests as part of the national day of action.
Chloe Waite, Action for Fire Safety Justice
Tanya Murat, Homes For All
Karim Mussilhy, Grenfell United
Wilf Sullivan, TUC
Jenni Garratt, End Our Cladding Scandal
Chair, Moyra Samuels, Grenfell Campaigner
Protests to be featured at the online rally include:
⁕ London City Hall ⁕ Abbey Quays Barking ⁕ Upton Park ⁕ Ipswich Waterfront ⁕ Milton Keynes ⁕ Bristol City Hall ⁕ Strasbourg European Court of Human Rights
Southwark: Campaign Against Empty Homes: Repopulate the Aylesbury Estate! Fill Empty Council Homes, 10:45am, Saturday 9th October, Outside Thurlow Lodge, 1 Thurlow Street, SE17 2US Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/405314640978545/
Islington Homes for All Empty Homes Day of Action at Pentonville Prison. Saturday 9th October. Meet at the Breakout Café on Caledonian Road at 10:45 to go to Pentonville Prison Empty Flats on Roman Way for 11am. Twitter: https://twitter.com/home
Radical Housing Network/Action on Empty Homes Westminster, Millbank Tower, Meet at: Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London SW1P 4QP. Meet at 11am – 12pm on Sat 9th October 2021 here: https://fb.me/e/1Gnrtr8TS
The Fossets for the People Empty home Re Wrong Housing and planning. Organised By firstly By Essex Unite Community Branch. Supported By Harlow And District Trades Council. Southend. Meet: Southend High Street under the Railway Bridge close to Greggs.
Hammersmith Kensington Fulham and Chelsea Housing Action Group. Meet at 1 Kensington Rd, W8 5NX at 10.45 am. Protest outside the under-occupied luxury flats, formally the De Vere Hotel. https://www.facebook.com/events/181023150818138/
E17 Against Evictions (Walthamstow) Meet at 16-18 Orford Road, E17 9LN at 11am to 1pm. Protest outside two long-term empty homes owed by Waltham Forest council.
Please do all you can to share these links and if you can’t make it to the Rally, please download a poster and do a selfie we can show on the day.
Please send selfies to Will at Action on Empty Homes – 07968 950223 – Will.McMahon@emptyhomes.com Morag Gillie at Homes for All – firstname.lastname@example.org