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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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