Our next meeting will be held on 14th March 2020, 11am – 1pm at:
School of African and Asian Studies (SOAS), 10 Thornhaugh St, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0XG
Let us know what’s happening locally, and if there are things you want to discuss.
Shelter have launched their London campaign, calling on the next mayor to strengthen policies for ‘social rent delivery’ and to end the conflation of so-called Affordable and London Living Rent. Read the summary and the full report:
Our first organising meeting of 2020 on 18th January had a fantastic turnout, with people from Harlow, Southampton, Aldershot and Horsham, and at least 13 London boroughs, representing council, housing association and private tenants, councillors and trade unionists. There was determination to build the campaign in the year ahead, and a good, open discussion about how to do this.
We agreed to:
1. Update the Charter for Housing Action for 2020
2. Send the Charter to Mayoral and council candidates, and to Labour leadership/deputy leadership contenders, asking for their endorsement. Also invite other groups to support and add their names.
3. Update “Vote Housing” flyer in time for May elections.
4. Need to form more contacts/links for national campaign against Universal Credit.
5. Support Justice for Grenfell in building and organising event in April in Kensington, raising critical issues around the inquiry, fire safety etc.
6. Attempt to open up discussion with Extinction Rebellion
7. Need to be vigilant about forthcoming demolition ballots, and share information asap.
8. Improve our social media operation.
9. Consider a possible housing hustings prior to May elections.
10. Use the Charter and other material for local actions, stalls etc.
Millions of us are trapped without a secure, safe home we can afford – because the private market has failed to build the homes we need. Billions of pounds of public money have been wasted subsidising private developers, who’ve make record profits, while housing need has soared.
In 2019 tenants, trade unionists and housing campaigners together demanded action for:
· A 20 year programme of investment to build 3.1 million non-market rented homes.
We asked all political parties to commit to build 100,000 council homes a year, with secure tenancies, paid for with direct government investment. Now make 12th December election about housing [The main parties have announced their housing policies for the election on 12th December.
· The Conservatives say they will continue to rely on private developers to build housing.
· The Lib/Dems have a commitment to “social” housing, but make no mention of council housing.
· Labour says it plans to build 150,000 new social rented homes a year, 100,000 of them council homes. Shelter has welcomed Labour’s policy, calling it “transformational”. The National Housing Federation said it would be a “game changer”.
2. Organise a local housing hustings, to put candidates and their parties on the spot. Link up with local tenant groups, housing and other campaigns to help. Email us for leaflets, and any other help.
3. Contact key people deciding on Labour’s 2019 Manifesto. This needs to include action to:
Build 100,000 council homes a year for social rent;
Ring-fence an annual £10 billion housing grant to deliver these;
Rent controls and more rights for private renters (as supported unanimously at this year’s Labour conference).
Ask your candidate and Labour party leadership to ensure this action is included in Labour’s 2019 manifesto.
We have postponed our next meeting until after the election.
If you want leaflets, stickers or other help for local campaigning, get in touch. We will email again with updates on our short films to share on social media, on why we need action on housing. And with details of election events on housing.
We are determined to keep up the pressure for action, now and in the coming general election. As the housing crisis gets worse, 210,000 children are registered as homeless, some of them living in shipping containers, while Government does nothing.
We will be making election preparations. to keep the pressure up on tenant’s rights, regulation of private and housing association renting and investment in new and existing council homes.
We had a good Labour Party conference. During the four days, at least a dozen people joined in with leafleting and on Tuesday, we couldn’t give our “100,000 council homes” stickers away quick enough. It was great to see so many delegates wearing them.
Despite all the other things that were going on, our fringe meeting was well attended, with some new people and an excellent panel and discussion. Steve Turner, Deputy General Secretary of the Unite union, gave a great overview of the housing situation facing working class communities across the country and the need for action, watch a video of his talk on Facebook here:
We made contact with other campaign groups who we hope to work with again in the future, particularly the Labour Homelessness Campaign and ACORN Brighton.
Things were going well inside the conference too. Thanks to a lot of hard work by the Labour Campaign for Council Housing, a resolution was passed unanimously backing the call for 100,000 council homes a year, with £10 billion of ring-fenced funding, the end of Right to Buy and “no fault” evictions and a number of other important measures that have the potential to transform UK housing.
It was great to see that his resolution, known as Composite Motion 23, included many points taken from our Charter for Housing Action.
Our task now is to make sure the motion 23 makes it into the Labour Party manifesto and then, if there’s a Labour government, is fully implemented. It seems a general election is coming soon and although we will remain non-party political, we will do what we can to make sure people know that there is finally real hope for ending the housing crisis.
We’re entering a vital period for the future of housing. Please make a note of the following meeting dates and try to attend if you can. Also, please get in touch if you have any ideas for building our campaigns in your local area.
Monday 14th October, 6.30pm, SHAC open meeting, Unite HQ, 128 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TN
The next Homes for All organising meeting is on 29th June 11am at:
Unite Office in Moreland St EC1V 8BB.
Let us know if there’s anything you want to raise, or report. And keep in touch to build the action where you are! Contact us here.
Whoever is the next Prime Minister, we need action on housing now. This week sees an MPs debate, and also marks the second anniversary of the terrible Grenfell fire. On Thursday 13th June MPs will debate radical plans to build 100,000 council homes a year. Can you email your MP, ask them to attend the debate (from 2pm in Westminster Hall) and vote for the motion?
On 6th June backbench MPs will debate the scandalous failure to rehouse Grenfell tenants or remove toxic waste, improve building and fire regulations, and remove dangerous cladding and other risks to homes.
We will join Grenfell and housing campaign groups at:
Parliament Square, London from 11am on the 6th of June 2019
Let’s demand action on homes, an end to housing deaths and Justice for all at Grenfell and those round Britain still threatened by cladding and building failures.
On the 15th June, Grenfell community organisations are holding a protest march to demand justice and action on toxic waste and rehousing. We are backing this march, and invite local groups to invite a speaker, order leaflets and build support from others in your area. https://www.facebook.com/events/581265065709901/
We will be assembling at Downing Street, SW1 12 noon. Join us, with other tenant groups, trade unions and community organisation, to demand justice.