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Camden housing activists survey councillors

Issue No. 2154

Local authorities which are raising rents and selling off properties are facing growing oppostion from angry tenants.

Members of Camden’s Federation of Tenants and Residents Association and Defend Council housing activists in London ramped up the pressure last week.

They challenged every elected councillor with a survey asking if they agreed with the shedding of homes from the council’s stock.

Meanwhile in Lambeth, south London, some 60 tenants and council workers protested outside Lambeth town hall last Saturday against cuts and huge rent rises imposed by the council.

Dan Jeffries is the senior Unison shop steward in Lambeth’s arms length management organisation.

He reported that between a third and half of the jobs in several services are being cut, while others are being privatised.

At the same time the council employs at least eleven consultants, earning up to £1,000 a day.

Protesters marched through the centre of Brixton to one of many houses being auctioned off at rock-bottom prices.

Jean Kerrigan of the Brixton Housing Forum said that there are 17,000 on the housing waiting list and 2,500 in temporary accommodation.

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Tue 2 Jun 2009, 18:21 BST
Issue No. 2154
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