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Housing


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".

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.

Chaos of privatisation in Glasgow housing

07 April 2009
The madness of the privatisation of council housing services was brought into stark focus last week as 235 maintenance workers in Glasgow were temporarily left without an employer.

Limits to mortgage help: a ticking timebomb

07 April 2009
The government has found yet another way of putting pressure on the long-term unemployed, in addition to the Welfare Reform Bill currently going through parliament.

Climbdown on rent hike

17 March 2009
The government has been forced to back down over planned council rent increases.

Austin Mitchell MP pays tribute to Alan Walter

10 March 2009
Alan Walter, a socialist and working class activist, died at his home in Camden, north London, last Saturday.

Negative equity comes back to haunt homes

03 March 2009
A spectre from the 1990s is returning to haunt the streets of Britain—negative equity and the threat of home repossession. Only this time things could be much worse. The new Lloyds Banking Group, formed from Lloyds TSB’s rescue of HBOS last year, has said that over 543,000 customers owed more on their mortgages than the value of their homes.

Tenants demand decent council housing for all

03 March 2009
More than 200 people attended the inquiry held by the House of Commons council housing group, which took place in a series of packed committee rooms in parliament on Wednesday of last week.

Stepping up fight over housing

24 February 2009
The House of Commons Council Housing Group was holding an inquiry at parliament on Wednesday of this week.

Housing lobby planned in Haringey

17 February 2009
Council tenants from Haringey in north London are set to lobby the council on Monday of next week against rent rises and increased service charges.

Scottish Parliament lobbied over housing

17 February 2009
Some 100 trade unionists and tenants lobbied the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh over housing on Thursday of last week.

Get delegations to the DCH inquiry

10 February 2009
Defend Council Housing (DCH) is calling on its supporters to come to parliament and give evidence in favour of fully funded council housing on Wednesday 25 February.

Scottish unions take up fight over future of housing

03 February 2009
Scotland faces its biggest housing crisis in 60 years. The economic collapse has destroyed the myth that competition and the "free market" can deliver on housing.

Keep pushing Gordon Brown over council houses

03 February 2009
Gordon Brown announced last week that is he is backing down over rules that have stopped councils from building council housing.

New Labour housing association policy in tatters

06 January 2009
The government’s reliance on housing associations rather than councils to provide homes is in crisis.

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