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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.

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.

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.

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.

Tenants’ anger in Winchester

15 December 2008
Council tenants in Winchester, southern England, are battling a major attack on council housing.

Get the Defend Council Housing newspaper

15 December 2008
The new Defend Council Housing (DCH) newspaper will be available soon.

Defending council housing

02 December 2008
Some 200 people attended the Defend Council Housing (DCH) conference on Tuesday of last week.

Defend Council Housing conference

25 November 2008

Outrage at Labour’s attack on tenants

11 November 2008
The government’s latest bizarre solution to the housing crisis is to consider taking away yet more rights from council tenants.

Evictions on the rise as banks scramble for profits

04 November 2008
Hundreds of tenants in Colwyn Bay and Pensarn in north Wales and Stoke-on-Trent are facing eviction.

Horror of home repossessions is returning today

07 October 2008
Imagine paying a mortgage for years and then being forced to hand your home back to the bank for no money, while you and your family are made homeless.

Housing plan is little more than sticking plaster

02 September 2008
I’m writing this before the final announcement of the government’s plans to "revive the housing market" – but I’m already confident in predicting they won’t work.

Affordable homes attacked

19 August 2008
In a landmark decision, Tory-run Hammersmith & Fulham council in west London has given the go ahead for a major private housing development to be built in the White City area – scrapping plans to provide new homes for working people at "affordable" rents.

Repossessions soar as housing crisis worsens

12 August 2008
The number of house repossessions hit a 12 year high last week, leaping 48 percent in just six months.

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