Petition to demand Ballots for ‘Estate Regeneration’

The campaign to demand ballots on estates threatened with demolition or large-scale redevelopment is continuing to grow.  Important concessions have been won in London, but these need to be increased and applied everywhere.

Please sign and share the following petition:

Our demands for decent, secure homes and rent control is shared by working class communities around the world.



Join us in supporting and building a protest at Savills auction of social housing in London this month.

A vast number of the ‘lots’ being auctioned off to the highest bidder are former social housing homes – being sold off by councils and housing associations in the interest of making money in lieu of housing people who need affordable, secure homes.

Protest scheduled for Monday 26th March, meeting from 8am outside the auction itself at the Marriot Hotel Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP.


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See here for further reading and protest support from The Guardian:


Housing Summit 2017 – Next Steps

Thanks to all the 200 tenants of all tenures, workers and unions, homeless and other campaigners who took part in the Summit – and good
to meet all the new groups and campaigns.

We are demanding action for Grenfell and on fire safety, new council housing, stopping demolition, rent controls, Universal Credit and scrapping the 2016 Housing and Planning Act.

Ministers’ promises about Grenfell, about new council homes, private renters’ rights and action on safety are proving hollow and we are part of growing grassroots movement demanding action.

At the Housing Summit last weekend, 200 activists and campaigners drew up an action plan for the next steps to truly solving our housing crisis, find it here:


As part of the solution to the London housing crisis, as Mayor Sadiq Khan promised, is the need for new council housing and social rent, but the Mayor’s current plan includes nothing. We want a ballot before any estate demolition. We want council homes built on former Holloway and other prison sites. We want a campaign for full funding of all fire safety measures as ministers’ promised.

The London Mayor’s Housing consultation runs until 7 December 2017, have your say about London’s need for truly affordable, lifelong, secure housing here:

And there is a petition to stop more Compulsory Purchase injustice at Thamesmead here

Let us know about housing campaigns in your local area and let’s continue our fight into 2018 stronger than ever.






” I’m sorry I can’t be with you today. There’s never been a time when housing has been such an important issue for millions of people. We have a deepening housing crisis created by decades of allowing policy to be dictated by the market. Housing policy must be about providing homes for the many, not investment opportunities for the few. 

This weeks budget shows the government is not prepared to take the action needed to solve the crisis. Beneath the accounting tricks and spin, nothing they announced on Wednesday will guarantee that a single additional home is built.

We need to change direction. A Labour government will invest in housing. By doing that we’re also investing in the next generation. So I want to see a return to building high quality, energy efficient council housing, with secure permanent tenancies and truly affordable rents. The post-war Labour government managed to build half a million council homes in five years. We need that scale of ambition again. 

But we also need to look at other aspects of the housing crisis. The situation for private renters is appalling, paying half or more of their income on rent, often for sub-standard, overcrowded homes and mostly only ever two months away from an eviction notice. Labour will give cities the powers to introduce rent controls, and improve the tenancy conditions of private tenants so they can plan their lives without constant insecurity. 

As I said in my speech at Labour Party conference, I also want to see an end to regeneration projects being used for social cleansing. That’s why the next Labour government will put residents at the heart of estate management. As I said in my speech to Labour Party conference in September:

When councils come forward with proposals for regeneration, we will put down two markers based on one simple principal:

Regeneration under a Labour government will be for the benefit of the local people, not private developers, not property speculators.

First, people who live on an estate that’s redeveloped must get a home on the same site and the same terms as before. No social cleansing, no jacking up rents, no exorbitant ground rents.

And second, councils will have to win a ballot of existing tenants and leaseholders before any redevelopment scheme can take place.

Real regeneration, yes, but for the many not the few.

Grenfell Tower was a preventable disaster. Real Justice for Grenfell means a society where there’s decent, secure, truly affordable and safe homes for all. The next Labour government will deliver that. “



HOMES FOR ALL: HOUSING SUMMIT 2017, November 25th London





The Homes for All Housing Summit on 25th November promises to be a day of learning, discussion and galvanisation.

The Summit will be a place for all attendees, guest speakers, housing workers and campaign groups to come together to share their work and ideas and strategize how to win the next round of battles for housing and communities across the country. To discuss how to put a stop to social cleansing, how to pressure the government to build more truly affordable homes and how to Axe The Act once and for all.

The Summit will bring together Grenfell campaigners and fire fighters,  private renters groups, housing association and council tenants, housing workers, travellers, homeless campaign groups and more.

This year we will be hosting a series of workshops for you to attend throughout the day; smaller groups focused on one particular issue facing us all at this moment.

Workshops announced:

Stop Demolition and Social Cleansing

Justice 4 Grenfell

Fight Homelessness

Private Renters Organise for Change

Housing Association Deregulation 

How To Build Council Homes We Need

How Homes Should Be Managed

Housing Makes Us Mad

How Can We Stop Universal Credit


The Summit will be held on NOVEMBER 25TH 2017 from 11 AM – 5 PM at:



All are welcome to attend. Please get in touch with us to confirm your place by email, phone or mail.

Booking form found here: bookingform

Our Facebook event page here



Holloway Prison Site – Protest demanding Council Housing, 14th November


Join the Islington Axe The Act and Holloway campaign groups to demand that the former Holloway Prison site be used for council housing. The authorities are currently seeking development offers for the large plot of land in London and in this time of severe truly affordable housing shortages the last thing London needs is more luxury flats.

Help pressure Sadiq Khan and government officials to get involved and listen to what the citizens of the city truly need at the next protest this Tuesday at:

12pm – 2pm 

MINISTRY OF JUSTICE,  102 Petty France, Westminster, London SW1H 9AJ

And you can also sign the Petition here:


Following this, also on Tuesday will be the next Grenfell silent march; meeting at 6.30pm Notting Hill Methodist Church, details found here.





On Budget Day 22 November The Government will announce where and on what (and on what not) all our money will be spent. We consider this a day of action to pressure our elected representatives to hear our cries for better, safer, secure housing for everyone; to build more genuinely affordable homes; to stop what we consider social cleansing; to save our communities.


Join us on these actions at:

8.30 am at Olympia where will lobby with Notting Hill, Genesis and other housing association campaigners

12 Noon at Parliament Square to demand action for homes – spread the word, invite local campaigns and bring banners.

6.30 pm join campaigners and MPs in House of Commons Committee room 17 to hear what the budget does(not) include and what we need to do next. Shadow ministers are among those confirmed.