Islington Homes for All Action and Sleep-Out outside the Ministry of Justice 20 October

Join Islington Homes for All on Friday 20 October at 3pm outside the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to hand in petition signatures calling on the MoJ to lease 28 empty 3 and 4-bed ex-prison flats to Islington Council for families in need – as had been originally agreed!

We will then have a sleep-out to highlight the scale of homelessness and increase in stress for people being forced to live in unaffordable, overcrowded, insecure and temporary accommodation.

Meet at MoJ, 102 Petty France, London SW1H 9AJ at 3pm, Friday 20 October

Bring your sleeping bags – and/or join later for the Sleep-Out.

Please share and sign the leaflet and petition for the 28 Empty Flats here

More about the 28 empty prison flats here

Join the movement for council housing – Action charter for the housing crisis

Defend Council Housing (DCH) and Homes for All (H4A) welcome the launch by The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Council Housing of an MPs inquiry into the need for council housing. This initiative has the potential to be spell out the facts about the present state of housing, and detail how to fix the housing crisis.

We are seeing the return to the slum, overcrowded, insecure living conditions of the 19th century that drove the mass council housing movement in the first place.

Whether you are in housing need yourself, horrified that millions are, or deeply concerned for future generations, join the movement for urgent action to address the housing crisis.

DCH and H4A is a broad coalition of tenants and residents – uniting over issues such as: Refurbish don’t demolish; Campaign against empty homes; Fire safety justice; Justice for Grenfell; End ‘no fault evictions’.

Support our 5 Point Plan which aims to provide concrete proposals to help solve the housing crisis.

1. Government investment in a mass council housing building programme, including requisitioning of empty homes and abolition of ‘right to buy’
2. Rent controls and secure tenancies in the private rental sector. Robust regulation of housing associations
3. New funding to repair and refurbish existing council housing – do not demolish
4. Adequate funding for fire safety, and for retrofitting and thermal insulation
5. Planning for the people and the planet, and not for developers’ profits

More information on the APPG Inquiry

Read the report of the launch of the Inquiry and the interim report by academics. Read the Interim Report with contributions from: Prof Danny Dorling, Oxford; Dr Richard Goulding, Univ of Sheffield; Dr Neil Gray, Glasgow; Dr Stuart Hodkinson, Univ of Leeds, Dr Joe Penny, Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL; Dr Glyn Robbins, London; Prof Stewart Smyth, University College Cork; Prof Paul Watt, LSE

Article in Morning Star about the Inquiry:

The future of council housing: it’s time to speak up
EILEEN SHORT, of Defend Council Housing, and Dr GLYN ROBBINS report on a crucial all-party parliamentary group inquiry into council housing that’s currently seeking members of the public to have their say

Five Point Plan resources

Sign the online petition

March for the future of the homelessness sector

Homes for All urges supporters to join our banner on Saturday in solidarity with the St Mungo’s strikers.

St Johns Church, Waterloo Road, SE1 8TY, at 11.30, Saturday 2 September

The strikers should hold their heads high as they return to work. The St Mungo’s strikers have been an inspiration to the trade union movement and so much more. It is unfortunate that they did not resolve all their demands but they can return to a more united workplace. They have helped highlight the scale of homelessness and a housing sector that is now in crisis and exposed the disproportionate salaries of senior managers and the prestigious trustee jobs while low paid staff have been striking to save services for clients.

Occupation of prison flats draws attention to empty homes

Housing campaigners and Housing Rebellion climate campaigners took over empty Ministry of Justice flats on Saturday as part of the weekend of housing action workshops. A block of flats owned by the Ministry of Justice in Islington, that has been lying empty for ten years, was taken over by protesters. Supporters included Islington Homes for All, who have been campaigning for years to get the MoJ to allow Islington Council to take them over.

The Islington Citizen noted ‘Campaigners said it was a “disgrace” that the government has paid £600k for homes sitting empty near Pentonville prison for years, despite calls for them to be used to house families in need. The Ministry of Justice has paid £604,355 on council tax for the three- and four-bedroom former prison officers’ homes off Roman Way since 2016. Islington Council wants to see families living there and is calling on the government to sit down and talk about the flats’ future.’

Architects Journal also covered the protest, and included these words from Homes for All Coordinator Morag:

‘Islington Council has a waiting list of more than 15,000 households needing to access social housing.’ The flats ‘could be renovated, retrofitted, and [used to] get local families off the waiting list back into the local community. We don’t want private developers coming in. That will just gentrify the area or push working-class people out of the area, which is already happening through temporary accommodation because there is no council housing. We want everybody to have access to council housing.’

The BBC covered the occupation with an article on their website ‘Activists occupy homes left empty for a decade’

London Live interview (on Facebook) with Islington Homes for All on the 28 Empty, ex prison warden flats

See inside the Wellington Mews flats

Sign the Islington Homes for All petition calling on the Ministry of Justice to hand over the empty ex-Pentonville prison warden flats.

Join housing action workshops this bank holiday 26 to 28 August

Homes for All will join Housing Rebellion this bank holiday weekend to help with hosting housing action workshops. Housing Rebellion will bring activists together, share experiences and learn new skills and information. Housing Rebellion is bringing together housing and climate campaigners to fight for everyone to have a secure home on a liveable planet.

On 8th of July we took part in a national day of action on ‘Housing for Need Not Greed’, which included working with residents on estates facing demolition, residents fighting to stop development on vital green spaces, and protesters against empty homes.

On Saturday and Monday the workshops will be in the House of Annetta, 25 Princelet St in Brick Lane and on Sunday in the Girdlestone community centre, 151 Salisbury Walk in Archway.

On Saturday 26 August, 1pm to 3pm Homes for All will be hosting a workshop The case for Council Housing – Solutions to the Housing Crisis

More information and register for the workshops here

MPs launch inquiry into the need to invest in council homes – share your views

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Council Housing: Launch of Inquiry, 10 July 2023. Photo Credit @EllieEmberson

Tenants reps from across Britain joined Councillors, trade unions and Defend Council Housing campaigners for the launch of a new Inquiry into what Council Housing needs.  

The Inquiry by the All-Party Council Housing Group of MPs (APPG), is inviting evidence from all who live and work or represent council housing, or wish they did.  Greater Manchester Tenants Union volunteered to host a follow up session, along with others, and the Unison trade union is giving national support. The Local Government Association is circulating the call for evidence too.

Defend Council Housing and Homes for All agreed to team up to call for a Five Point Plan to provide concrete proposals to help solve the housing crisis.

Read the Interim Report with contributions from: Prof Danny Dorling, Oxford; Dr Richard Goulding, Univ of Sheffield; Dr Neil Gray, Glasgow; Dr Stuart Hodkinson, Univ of Leeds, Dr Joe Penny, Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL; Dr Glyn Robbins, London; Prof Stewart Smyth, University College Cork; Prof Paul Watt, LSE

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Council Housing Council Housing: Time to Invest (now, more than ever) – what we know

Invitation to give evidence from Matt Western MP

More info from or

Climate and housing campaigners unite in Housing Day of Action, 8 July

Supporters of Islington Homes for All demand former prison guards’ flats be sold to Islington Council rather than developed for luxury flats

Around 100 people marched in Southwark and people took part in demonstrations and protests in different locations as part of the Housing Day of Action called by Housing Rebellion, bringing together demands for safe affordable housing and action on the climate catastrophe. The main slogan was Housing for need not greed, and campaigners talked about the need for refurbishment not demolition, safe homes for all and saving our green spaces.

Short video of Southwark demo here

Short video of Abbey Wood protest here

More details of actions from Housing Rebellion

In the news…

South London Press covered Southwark protest

BBC London covered Islington protest

My London covered Wandsworth protest

Morning Star covered Abbey Wood (Bexley) protest and occupation

Inside Housing covered Abbey Wood (Bexley) protest and occupation

Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth (HASL) on the Southwark demo
Abbey Wood tower block
Focus E15 in Newham
Save Toland Square in Wandsworth
Harlow DCH and Harlow TUC banner drop at Terminus House
Milton Keynes protest

Join a local protest on 8 July – Housing Day of Action

Housing groups call day of action to demand ‘Refurbish, don’t demolish’

A message from Housing Rebellion:

Across the UK people are challenging the madness and the unfairness of the housing market. At the forefront of this fight are residents on social housing estates trying to stop demolition of their homes and stop regeneration schemes that are destroying the environment and causing blatant social cleansing. 

We are coming together for a national Day of Action to demand 

Housing for need not greed


Refurbish Don’t Demolish!

The day of action will involve a variety of actions in local areas where residents are fighting demolition including Lambeth, Southwark, Camden, Bexley and Glasgow, as well as areas where residents are fighting against luxury developments that won’t provide the affordable housing that is desperately needed including Haringey, Islington and Harlow.

A range of campaign groups are supporting the day, such as the Radical Housing Network, Refurbish Don’t Demolish, Housing Rebellion, Homes for All, Social Housing Action Campaign and Defend Council Housing, as well as estate based campaigns, and we will be highlighting all aspects of housing injustice from high rents, to homelessness to disrepair and over-development. We will also be shining a spotlight on the environmental impact of profit-driven development and the fight to save green spaces.

The local actions will range from an exhibition of alternative regeneration plans, to protest rallies and NVDA stunts (non-violent direct action). Every action will aim to bring together local supporters and we will also be linked together in an online rally, live streaming campaigners from each area and reaching a wider national audience.

We want to involve pensioners and students, private renters and temporary housing tenants, trade unionists and climate campaigners and everyone and anyone who cares about everyone having a decent home on a habitable planet!

We invite you to add your group’s name to the list of supporters of the day of action.

If you are able to get involved please send us your organisation’s logo and let us know if you want to organise your own action or if you would like to support a group of residents taking action in a particular area or on a particular issue (eg. anti-demolition, high rents etc,).

We would also love to hear from you if your organisation can provide a speaker or if you can help us with promotion and publicity for the event.

Contact or join the Housing Rebellion whatsapp chat to join the discussion

Protest locations: Housing day of action – locations – Google Docs