“Our housing system is causing a national health emergency”

Mould is political projection on Houses of Parliament 13 March 2024 – NEF / Homes for Us

These are the words of Amaran, a children’s doctor working in South Yorkshire. He is featured in the film ‘Mould is Political’ which was projected on Wednesday last week on the Houses of Parliament. Homes for All joined the protest alongside around 80 other campaigners.

See a clip of the film and the protest outside parliament here (2 mins)

See the whole film here (12 mins) which includes a protest in Manchester also supported by H4A.

Gove threatens to ‘Turbo-boost’ estate demolitions

Defend Council Housing activist, Paul Burnham explains what’s behind Michael Gove’s new plans for housing.

Paul speaking at a Haringey anti-demolition meeting in 2016

Leveling Up Secretary Michael Gove has unveiled a ‘long-term plan for housing’ based on ten principles – but his principles do NOT include providing a decent, secure and affordable home for everyone.

Instead, there will be additional subsidies to support the demolition of existing estates. We need to push back, and refurbish rather than demolish.

Gove wants to build garden villages such as ‘the outstanding Welborne development’ at Fareham in Hampshire, ‘championed by my colleague Suella Braverman’. There could be as little as 7.3% affordable housing in this 6,000-home scheme. Fareham Council’s own housing service even made a formal objection to the low level of affordable housing provision.

Building unaffordable housing is part of the problem.

Full article here – Michael Gove speech and estate demolitions 06/09/2023

Notting Hill Carnival remembers Grenfell fire

It is that time of the year again when North Kensington welcomes over a million people from across the country and internationally to the Notting Hill carnival. The carnival takes place in the streets, in the borough Grenfell Tower. On both days there will be a 3-minute silence to remember the 72+ who died needlessly in the fire in 2017.

Love Music Hate Racism will be one of the floats on Sunday who will be partying with a purpose – racism played a role in the causes of the Grenfell Tower fire as well as the crisis that migrants and refugees face without a safe and secure home.

Tickets for the LMHR float

Grenfell silent walk marks 72 months without justice

Homes for All joined up to 5,000 survivors, residents and others on the Grenfell Silent Walk, Wednesday 14 June 2023.

Six years on from the fire, it is now 72 months since 72 people lost their lives.

All those present vowed to continue the fight for justice and accountability.

As the walk moved off behind the United For Grenfell banner, marchers held placards proclaiming “This much evidence, still no charges”.

The mood was sombre. Many of the marchers, and many more local residents, wore green to symbolise determination to see justice for Grenfell.  Firefighters formed an honour guard for the walk.

Speakers at the rally afterwards spelled out the culpability of the suppliers of the dangerous materials used at Grenfell; and the culpability of the local authority which allowed them to be used. There must be jail time, for justice to be done.

The government has already broken its pledge to implement the recommendations of the Grenfell Public Inquiry, because the owners and managers of high rise buildings have not been required to provide Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) for all disabled residents.

Survivors spoke to the rally about their loved ones who died in the fire. Marcia Rigg from the United Friends and Families Campaign also spoke powerfully, linking Grenfell with the campaigns of those whose family members have died at the hands of the police.

Join Peter Apps, 23 May : Show Me The Bodies – How We Let Grenfell Happen

Peter Apps will be signing books at Bookmarks Bookshop on 23 May

Come and join Peter Apps, Deputy Editor of Inside Housing as he discusses his acclaimed book

Peter Apps reported on fire safety before Grenfell and afterwards. He helped to unpick the lie that flammable cladding had been banned, and so the government had a case to answer about why such materials were on the tower.

Peter reported on the harrowing evidence presented at the public inquiry, detailing every shift and evasion of civil servants and by the manufacturers about how the disaster was allowed to happen.

The chapters in Peter’s book alternate between a sympathetic account of the experience of those inside the tower who were exposed to the horrors of the fire, combined with a detailed examination of how our housing, economic and political systems facilitated the tragedy.

The book is essential reading for all those who are campaigning for justice for the 72 people who died, and to ensure that this never happens again.

Peter will be speaking in person at Bookmarks Bookshop and the event will also be live streamed.

Tuesday 23 May, 6:30pm at Bookmarks, 1 Bloomsbury Street London WC1B 3QE

Book your ticket here

Social Housing Action Campaign Pledge Against Rent Rises

Social Housing Action Campaign (SHAC) is campaigning to prevent social rent rises of around 10.4% next April. Service charges are uncapped and could rise by any amount. There should be no rent or service charge rises in a cost-of-living crisis. 

Please Sign the SHAC Pledge for non-payment of rent or service charge increases. 
You can view the Pledge here.

And find out more information on the SHAC Website https://shaction.org/

Defend Council Housing PROTEST 14 Sept- Cost of Living Crisis (Date change from Thurs)

Rents for council and housing association tenants are set to rise by 11% or more in April 2023. This would be an intolerable further burden for four million tenant households already facing massive bills for food, energy and other necessities.

Wednesday, 14 SEPTEMBER 2022 AT 12:00

Cost of living crisis: Time to freeze council and housing association rents for four million

Department of Levelling Up, 2 Marsham St, London SW1P 4DF

Facebook event

Defend Council Housing demands:
1. Government action to freeze rents and service charges, and compensate Council Housing Revenue Accounts for this essential freeze in the pending rent rise.
2. Council landlords agree now to freeze rents for April 2023, pause all eviction proceedings for rent arrears, and join us to press for Government action.
3. All Councils to contact housing associations operating locally, urging them to likewise freeze rents and halt evictions for rent arrears. We recognise that these issues will also affect private renters and leaseholders. We will work with tenant groups and campaigners of all tenures to win a rent freeze, stop evictions, protect tenants from profiteering private landlords and leaseholders from increasing service charges.

You can download the DCH Statement here:

Social Housing Action Campaign (SHAC) demands:

There should be no rent or service charge rises in a cost-of-living crisis. Please sign the SHAC Pledge for non-payment of rent or service charge increases. 
You can view the Pledge here. And find out more information on the Website https://shaction.org/

Cost of Living Crisis – Protest, September 14th 2022, London

UPDATE: Tenants will be at the Department of Levelling Up on Wed 14 September 12 noon. DCH and SHAC will present our joint letter. Join us if you can, because the rents crisis hasn’t paused. There will be a second protest on Thursday 6 October, when inflation figures are released, when we expect more speakers, MPs and media to be in attendance.

Cost of living crisis: Time to freeze council and housing association rents for four million tenants.

Action on: Wednesday SEPTEMBER 14, 2022 AT 12 PM

At The Department of Levelling Up, 2 Marsham St, London SW1P 4DF

Event details can be found here:

Campaign Against Empty Homes: Organising Meeting – Thursday 7th July 7PM

Please join us at the online Campaing Against Empty Homes Organising Meeting on Thursday 7th July 2022, from 7pm to 8pm.

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Agenda items for this meeting

  1. New draft CAEH Website for discussion- I will send you a link later this week 
  2. Distribution of the Day of Action leaflets – can everyone have a think of who could help us with distribution
  3. Contacting a wider range of organisations to promote the day  (including a report of meeting with Community Planning Alliance)
  4. Speakers for CAEH Rally
  5. Upcoming events that CAEH should get leaflets to.
  6. AOB