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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.

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.

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


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