One year ago, Axe the Housing Act (formally Kill The Housing Bill) was started by campaigners galvanised to stop the Conservative Governments Housing and Planning Act – and today we are in a confident mood. At a lively organising meeting this week we cheered the government backing off key parts of the Housing & Planning Act, and are now more determined than ever to campaign to scrap the whole Act.
The Act is still stalled. None of the secondary regulations or commencement proceedings have started. The compulsory Pay to Stay tenant tax is scrapped, extending Right to Buy to housing associations, and the levy of funds to pay for it by market sale of council homes, are delayed for at least a year.
Other parts of the Act are also in doubt. But Housing minister Gavin Barwell still wants to scrap lifetime secure tenancies for council and housing association tenancies.
We are fighting to beat the whole of the Act, win rent controls and more security for private renters alongside other tenants. We want secure homes for all by building a new generation of council and other homes for rent – See our Autumn Statement for Homes
Plans include contacting all councils and housing associations to push for wider action, organise events in Kent, South Yorkshire and Liverpool/Manchester, take the fight to the housing minister with a street stall in Croydon next Saturday 7th , and other action.
Get in touch to join in!
Next organising meeting 14 January 11am at Unite office, 128 Theobalds Rd Holborn WC1X 8TN