Ken Loach: The Fightback Against Evictions and Poverty – Online Event, November 25th 2020

Homes for All is delighted that Ken Loach will be joining us for an online meeting to discuss building resistance to the growing threat of evictions and poverty.

Loach will join us on 25th November 2020, showing clips from his films to highlight the threat of austerity and evictions.

Then he will take part in a panel discussion with Acorn tenant campaigners, Berlin tenants on winning rent cuts, and others.  We hope you can join in, and get others 
to do the same. See the Facebook event here: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1035799210217477 

And stream the event live here from 6.30 PM:

https://www.facebook.com/Homes4AllUK/videos/371209827270500/

Please share and invite friends. We look forward to seeing you there.

Next Online Organising Meeting – 28th November 2020, 11am

Our next organising meeting is Saturday 28th November at 11am via Zoom.

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

These are very difficult times, but it’s essential we keep up the fight to win Homes for All, not just during a pandemic, but always. The latest lockdown does not include a ban on CV19 evictions. We need to push Government to protect our homes, in the same way they were pushed to reinstate furlough. 

So we are looking to link up and involve others in a determined campaign to prevent more distress, insecurity and homelessness.

Get in touch if there are housing issues we can help with, or if you 
need a hand.

Action plans from the last organising meeting can be found here:

http://www.axethehousingact.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/action-points_241020.pdf

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

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/

Ditch the Developers’ Charter – Online Meeting, November 7th

Consultation on the government’s Planning White Paper is still open. Homes for All has been involved in preparing a collective response to this “developer’s charter” which would lead to even fewer homes working class people can afford. 

Please add your own voice, using the link below.  The deadline is 29th October:
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future

To build the fight against the Planning White Paper, we’re holding a 
dedicated online meeting to discuss how to fight back against this injustice on November 7th 2020 at 11:00 AM.
The meeting will be held via Zoom, meeting details will be sent to our database – email us if you would like to join.

Despite the scale of the housing crisis, public land and money is still being handed to private developers, instead of being used to build the homes we need.  A shocking example is at the ex- Holloway Prison in north London, where Peabody Housing Association, who made £197 million last year, have acquired a 10-acre site where 1,000 council homes could be built.  Peabody got the site for £81 million thanks to loans and grants from the Mayor of London.  But now they’re trying to renege on their promise that at least 42% of the new homes will be for social rent. 

slington Homes for All has set up a petition in protest.  Please sign and share by going to their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/IslingtonKillTheHousingBill/

Homes For All – Online Workshop 26th September 2020

On Saturday 26th 11,30am, we have a Homes For All workshop on the 
government’s planned White Paper, and how to raise objections 
effectively. The meeting will be held online via Zoom and all are welcome. Sign up to our mailing list to receive invitation details.

The gloomy prospect of job losses and the resumption of evictions and 
home repossessions, makes it more important to organise opposition and 
demand action.  Please support the Generation Rent petition on ending 
the rent debt crisis:   https://www.generationrent.org/coronavirusdebt

Our latest public online meeting buzzed with ideas on organising and resisting. 
You can watch it through Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=3195686100550555&external_log_id=0292a43ceafc1d7a7b4b4d0bbeec9921


Or on the Homes 4 All UK Youtube channel

No Evictions Protest, 16th September 2020 London

On Wednesday 16th September from 11am – 12.30pm, we are co-ordinating a “No 
Evictions” protest in Parliament Square, to coincide with Prime 
Minister’s Question Time. 

The government said “no-one will lose their home because of a pandemic”.  
But unless it changes course, that’s what will start happening on Monday 
21st September, when courts are due to begin eviction cases again.  We’ve heard vague noises about more protection for tenants, but nothing definite, so it’s time to make our voices heard.

We hope MPs will ask questions about how we avoid what Shelter has called the threat of a “tidal wave” of homelessness.

The protest will be socially-distanced and people are encouraged to wear a face mask.  Bring your banner or signs. 

The Facebook event page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2437328036571396/

Please share if you can.  All welcome.

Stop Covid-19 Evictions – Public Meeting, 17th September 2020

On Thursday 17th September, we’re holding an online public meeting to discuss how to build the No Evictions campaign, with Generation Rent, Ian Hodson of the Bakers Union, housing workers, John McDonnell MP and others. 

The meeting will be live streamed on our Facebook page and YouTube channel, with questions and comments welcome. 

Please get in touch if you’d like more information.

Stop Covid-19 Evictions – Protests

The Government has issued a four-week extension on plans to resume legal evictions – now from late September 2020. Such a proposal 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.  

There are nationwide protests planned to stop Covid-19 Evictions:

  • Monday 24th August – RHN – Outside Royal Courts of Justice Thomas More Building, The Strand, London WC2A 2LL. 9.30am – 10.30am
  • Monday 24th August – LRU – Various locations around London
    https://londonrentersunion.org/Greater 
  • Monday 24th August at 1pm – Manchester Against Evictions, Civil
    Justice Centre, 1 Bridge Street West Manchester M60 9DJ.
  • Monday 24th August – Stop Hackney Evictions, 10-30am Gee Street Magistrates Court, EC1V 3RE
  • Monday 24th August – Newham & Leytonstone action, 12-30pm Stratford Magistrates Court, E15

Open Letter to Stop Evictions

Government plans to resume legal evictions from 23 August 2020 will escalate 
the housing crisis. 

We posted an open letter to the Prime Minister, arguing “It’s not too late to step back from the brink, and ensure no-one loses their home due to the Coronavirus 
crisis”. The letter was co-signed by housing activists from across the county and organisations such as Shelter, the Big Issue, John McDonnell MP, Ken Loach, several Black Lives Matter groups, unions and others.  

Read the letter here:
http://www.axethehousingact.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/OpenLetter_updatedrevised_final.pdf

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

Justice for Grenfell – 14th June 2020

Sunday 14th June marks three years since the fire at Grenfell Tower.  Victims and survivors do not all have permanent homes yet – and three years on, still no-one has been held to account for what happened.  

Around the country hundreds more blocks are still unsafe. Some people will mark the anniversary from home. Join through:
https://www.grenfellunited.org.uk/ 

Others will gather at 2pm, at the foot of Grenfell: https://www.facebook.com/officalj4g/


For those who can’t get there, at 6pm 80 London churches will ring bells 
72 times to mark those who died.  If you are in London, can you organise 
with others to take banners or posters and stand outside while the bells 
ring?

Or organise something where you are – making sure you safely 
observing 2m distancing. Or hold up a solidarity sign from your home or 
doorstep – and send a selfie photos and messages to Grenfell, and to us 
here, or on our Facebook page or through Twitter.