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These are very difficult times, but it’s essential we keep up the fight to win Homes for All, not just during a pandemic, but always. Now the government has lifted the COVID eviction ban, Shelter estimates up to 230,000 households could be at risk of homelessness. We want to hear what’s going on in your area and update on the anti-eviction campaign.
- Planning changes and the planned White Paper – what Government wants, and what we can do
- Empty homes and homeless people – how to connect them?
Get in touch if there are housing issues we can help with, or if you
need a hand.
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:
Our survey has confirmed how tenants, and especially private
renters and those who are ill, are struggling. You can see the initial