Next Online Organising Meeting – 5th September 2020, 11am

Our next organising meeting is Saturday 5th September at 11am via Zoom.

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

We’ll discuss:

  • Ending of eviction ban (new deadline 20 Sept); plans for a public meeting to galvanise the growing campaign.
  • Planning changes – what Government wants, and what we can do
  • Empty homes and homeless people – how to connect them?

Action points from last meeting: 
http://www.axethehousingact.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/action-points_220820.pdf

Get in touch if there are housing issues we can help with, or if you 
need a hand. We will be discussing action on protesting the Government plans to resume legal evictions from the end of September 2020 – a four week delay from their initial date of the 23rd August. This, will escalate the housing crisis.

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/