SOME 150 people gathered outside Lambeth Palace, official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, on Wednesday of last week to protest at the decision of the Church Commission to charge market rents for 1,590 flats in the SE1 area of London.
The Church Commission is a so called Registered Social Landlord and is meant to provide affordable housing.
Instead it is trying to use its properties in this "up and coming" area to recoup a reported �8 million in stock market losses. The protest was led by tenants' representatives and local vicars with banners portraying 30 pieces of silver under the slogan "People not profit." They were joined by delegates from local council tenants' associations. Also present were a motley collection of local politicians including Kate Hoey and Simon Hughes, both of whom have no objection to the privatisation of council housing.