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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.

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.

200,000 homes at stake in two ballots

16 February 2002
Decisive battles are set to take place. They are part of a hidden war waged by the New Labour government. It is a war to destroy one of the pillars of the welfare state-council housing. New Labour is out to privatise three million council homes. In Birmingham tenants will begin to vote on 18 March on whether their homes are handed to private housing associations.

Glasgow & Tower Hamlets

09 February 2002
The Scottish Executive announced last week that it is to give £300 million of public money to shore up the plan to privatise Glasgow's council homes. New Labour is prepared to throw still more public money in to push the privatisation through in a tenants' ballot due to get under way in March. Glasgow is just one of the major privatisation plans coming to a head.

Council housing

02 February 2002
The Scottish Executive last week proposed that the ballot for the privatisation of 80,000 council homes in Glasgow will start on 4 March. The date was leaked on the New Labour executive's website, and seems to have caught the New Labour Glasgow council unawares.

Stakes rising in the sell-off fight

26 January 2002
THE FIGHT for the future of council housing is hotting up, and March looks like being a crunch month. Glasgow council is to begin balloting all its tenants on 4 March on a plan to hand their homes to housing associations.

Defend Council Housing

19 January 2002
A PARLIAMENTARY committee heard last week that the private housing companies lining up to take over council homes face a growing cash crisis. The House of Commons public accounts committee heard how 13 housing associations had to be taken over by rivals to avoid going bust.

Council housing - Dudley Victory

08 December 2001
Council tenants in Dudley were celebrating this week beating off their Labour council's attempt to privatise their homes. A ballot of tenants in the West Midlands council saw privatisation rejected by 56.2 percent to 43.8 percent, with 70 percent of all eligible tenants voting. This was despite the council's expensive glossy pro-privatisation campaign, and then springing the ballot on people at short notice.

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