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Defend Council Housing meeting in Camden

by Candy Udwin, Camden Defend Council Housing
Issue No. 2162

More than 100 tenants and residents packed into a DCH meeting in Camden town hall on Monday evening calling for a moratorium on council housing sell offs, cuts and privatisation.

Frank Dobson MP and Heather Wakefield, the Unison union’s head of local government, addressed the meeting.

Camden is among those local authorities auctioning council flats in order to fund repairs to housing stock.

But campaigners want the government to commit to investing new money to expand council housing.

The meeting demanded a joint response to the government’s consultation over council housing finance and joint deputation to the housing minister.

People feel now is the time to push forward with demands for the government to support council housing.

It was agreed to back militant action by tenants, trade unions and the homeless in defence of council housing.

This includes supporting the proposed strike action by caretakers threatened with privatisation.

The meeting decided to target councillors who haven’t responded favourably to our survey and organise pickets of their surgeries in the run-up to the general election.

Activists hope to name and shame those councillors who have refused to publicly declare their commitment to council housing.

People at the meeting also decided to join the demonstration at the Labour Party conference in Brighton.

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