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Open letter demands direct investment in public housing

10 March 2007
Open letter to government Ministers and Camden councillors

Housing campaigners crank up heat on the government

03 March 2007
The government’s housing strategy lurched further into crisis last week as tenants, local councillors, trade unionists and MPs came together in defence of council housing.

No place like home?

03 March 2007
A recent report looking at newly built homes found that a startling 40 percent were of a poor standard and that just 8 percent of the developments could be classed as good or very good. Why is it that in the 21st century we still do not have decent homes?

Disappointment for New Labour from Hills report on council housing

03 March 2007
Spin doctors in Ruth Kelly’s department for communities and local government went into overdrive last week to suggest that a report by Professor John Hills would back their plans for an attack on the principles of council housing.

Tower Hamlets tenants win injunction against housing sell off

24 February 2007
Tenants on the Parkside estate in Tower Hamlets, east London, have won an injunction preventing the Labour council completing the sell-off of more than 2,000 council homes to a subsidiary of the housing association Circle Anglia.

Almo plans in disarray

24 February 2007
One of the main planks of the government’s housing policy is the use of Arms legnth management organisations (Almos). This policy is now in crisis.

Lambeth tenants’ meeting

24 February 2007
Some 150 people attended a tenants’ meeting in Lambeth in south London on Saturday of last week to organise against the local Almo.

Saying no to council house transfer in Brighton and Manchester

17 February 2007
Council tenants in Brighton and Manchester are to vote this week on whether to hand over control of their homes to private companies. The ballots affect over 18,000 homes.

Tenants vote no to transfer in Taunton Deane and Tower Hamlets

06 January 2007
Tenants in Taunton Deane, Somerset, are celebrating victory after defeating proposals to transfer their council houses in a ballot last month. The results of the ballot showed a clear rejection of the transfer proposals—69 percent voted no on a 69 percent turnout.

Two more housing ballot victories

09 December 2006
Two thumping victories for council tenants underline the continuing political backlash against housing privatisation.

Evicted director Brian Woods on documenting today’s housing catastrophe

25 November 2006
As part of the BBC’s No Home series looking at homelessness in Britain today, Brian Woods’s documentary Evicted follows the stories of three young women as their families are made homeless.

Forty years after Cathy Come Home, homelessness is still a blight

25 November 2006
Cathy Come Home is arguably the most important piece of drama ever shown on British television. It was first broadcast 40 years ago on 16 November 1966 in the Wednesday Play primetime slot.

New report shows that London is a divided city

11 November 2006
House prices in London are going through the roof, pricing ever more people out of the housing market and fuelling an "increasing social divide", according to a recently released report.

Another housing win

28 October 2006
The government’s policy of privatising council housing received another blow last week when tenants in Renfrewshire in Scotland voted against transfer of their homes.

Reports round-up

10 May 2003
Legalise Cannabis | Enraged over Kirklees homes closures | Refugees in Yarl's Wood trial | Fight needed to save Corus steel jobs | Wigton campaigners shame Nazis

Glasgow ballot battle over council housing

23 March 2002
Ballots are now under way in Birmingham and Glasgow. Britain's two biggest council landlords are asking their tenants to say yes to transfer to housing associations.

200,000 tenants in housing battle

16 March 2002
This month sees key battles in a largely unreported war over the future of one of the pillars of the welfare state. Tenants of Britain's two biggest landlords, Birmingham and Glasgow councils, will vote on New Labour plans to hand their homes to private housing companies. Thousands of tenants in Crewe are already voting in a similar ballot, and Bradford council tenants will also vote this month.

Banks after homes...

09 March 2002
Birmingham council tenants are being asked to hand control of their homes to the Royal Bank of Scotland. The Labour-run city council was meeting on Tuesday of this week to give the final go-ahead to a ballot starting on 18 March over the plan to privatise over 80,000 council homes.

Defend council housing

02 March 2002
The close vote on privatisation at the Scottish Labour Party conference last weekend underlined the depths of opposition to policies like handing council homes to private companies. The vote came just after a significant minority of the ruling Labour group of councillors in Glasgow voted against the plan to go ahead with a ballot on privatising the city's more than 80,000 council homes.

Defend council housing

23 February 2002
The campaign to stop the privatisation of over 80,000 council homes in Glasgow is shifting into top gear, with tenants due to start voting in just over a week's time.

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