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Summit plans next steps in fight against housing crisis

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Issue 2458
Activist addresses housing summit
Activist addresses housing summit (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Activists from housing campaigns across England and Wales called for a day of action in July and a new March for Homes at a summit in central London last Saturday.

Around 150 people attended the event, called by Defend Council Housing and backed by a number of organisations.

These included the Radical Housing Network, Unite Community, GMB Young London, Generation Rent and  Disabled People Against Cuts.

Linda Charnock of Bolton Against the Bedroom Tax said, “The general election result was heartbreaking. But now I’ve got a fire in my belly again. We’ve got to keep up the fight—no-one’s going to do it for us.”

Unite union assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail called for “civil disobedience”.

Della, an activist in Southwark Benefit Justice, told Socialist Worker, “It’s getting worse and worse—more parents are getting their benefits sanctioned for long periods of time. We all need to rebel a lot more.”

The summit agreed to a housing bloc on this Saturday’s People’s Assembly protest and a day of action over housing and benefits on Saturday 

25 July.

Activists and a Labour councillor stopped the eviction of a single mother in Waltham Forest, east London, last week. She was threatened with evicion after not being able to pay a £400 a month rent increase.

Joel Hirsch


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