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Hackney housing activist is sacked

05 January 2010
Housing activist Nicola Winters has been sacked by the Castle Point Voluntary Network in Southend, Essex.

Save Arrowsmith House care home

08 December 2009
About 50 people took part in a march to save Edwin Arrowsmith House, a care home for the elderly in Handsworth, Birmingham at the end of last month.

Council houses need more cash

24 November 2009
The government promised to fund a significant council house building and repair programme – but it has been revealed that it raised repairs funding by just 24 percent.

Protest challenges demolition of Haringey sheltered housing

24 November 2009
A powerful lobby of up to 40 people on Tuesday of last week urged Haringey council in north London to rethink its plans to demolish 130 sheltered homes.

No mood for homes transfer

10 November 2009
The Neath Port Talbot Defend Council Housing (DCH) campaign is to hold its 14th public meeting in the campaign to stop the transfer of some 9,300 council homes.

North London tenants’ delight at victory

27 October 2009
Some 49 elderly tenants at Campbell Court, Haringey, north London, are celebrating after the council dropped plans to move out the existing residents.

Neath tenants reject homes sell-off

20 October 2009
Tenants at a Defend Council Housing meeting in Seven Sisters, Neath, last week voted unanimously to oppose the plan by the Neath Port Talbot Council to transfer their homes to a private housing company, NPT Homes Ltd.

Report launch for council housing

13 October 2009
The House of Commons Council Housing Group is launching a new report on Tuesday of next week.

Housing activists to meet in Birmingham

25 August 2009
Defend Council Housing (DCH) has called a national meeting for tenant activists in Birmingham on Saturday 5 September.

Brighton housing trust strike

25 August 2009
Staff at Brighton Housing Trust (BHT), a homeless people’s charity employing more than 200 workers across Sussex, walked out on a one-day strike on Wednesday of last week.

After Camberwell fire: Why did council say another tower block was safe?

18 August 2009
Residents of a south London tower block, similar to one where six people died in a fire last month, say Southwark council misled them about safety issues in their building.

Defend Council Housing meeting in Camden

28 July 2009
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.

Housing campaigners win victory in Sandwell

28 July 2009
Sandwell Council in the West Midlands announced plans to build 28 council homes last week and is seeking £50 million to build a further 1,000 houses.

Housing facts

28 July 2009
Three million households have had to sell possessions to pay for housingOne in 10 people have taken on an extra job or overtime to try to meet housing costsOne in seven children in Britain is growing up homeless or badly housed Just under one million children are trapped in overcrowded housingSome 90,000 homeless households living in temporary accommodation in England – double the number in 1997In 21 local authority areas at least 3 percent of the private houses are empty. In Burnley it is 6.2 percent and in Liverpool 5.6 percentThere are more than 28,000 homes standing empty in Suffolk and Essex Many empty prope

Camberwell fire tower ‘was a risk’

28 July 2009
The design of Lakanal House, a tower block in Camberwell where six people died in a fire last month, was identified as being a risk nearly ten years ago.

Immigrants do not get housing priority

28 July 2009
Gordon Brown spun the detail of the strategy documents from the government as providing "local homes for local people".

Labour broke housing promises

28 July 2009
Over the past few months New Labour has come out with a string of announcements relating to council housing. It wants to be seen as responding to the crisis in housing.

Home wreckers: New Labour's housing policy

28 July 2009
The crisis in housing has reached an epic scale. A property is repossessed every 10 minutes. Some five million people are on housing waiting lists. And millions more spend each night in damp, insecure or overcrowded accommodation.

Camden housing activists survey councillors

02 June 2009
Local authorities which are raising rents and selling off properties are facing growing oppostion from angry tenants.

Council homes cash is vital

12 May 2009
A new report from the Council Housing group of MPs demands the government release more cash and support investment in existing local authority properties.

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