Around 30 housing activists in Camden, north London, met last week to organise a fightback against the wave of Tory attacks on council housing and tenants’ rights.
The meeting resolved to establish a broad campaign involving the widest number of people possible to fight cuts to housing benefit and the terrible impact this will have on all tenants.
As well as individual tenants, people came from the Camden Housing Federation, Camden Defend Council Housing (DCH), Camden Association of Street Properties, the Unison union, Labour councillors and the Camden Law Centre.
People were furious at the government’s hypocrisy in limiting housing benefit to £340 per week for a three-bed flat—the same amount allocated to MPs for a one bedroom flat in London in their new “reduced” allowances.
There was also anger at council plans to push ahead with the part-privatisation of Holly Lodge.
The meeting agreed a plan of action, which includes organising a public meeting, lobbying councillors and MPs, and organising a delegation to take part in the protest outside the Conservative Party conference on Sunday 3 October.
The next planning meeting is on Thursday 19 August at 7pm at Camden Town Hall.