Housing

Starting to re-imagine local government SJW Wed, 03/28/2018 - 18:55

On Saturday 24 March around 100 Labour Party activists attended “Re-imagining Local Government: London for the many and not the few”.

This event came out of discussions between London Momentum members and left activists. We wanted to create a forum for the left to think about what it would do if it won seats in the May elections.

Labour set to gain in council elections SJW Wed, 03/28/2018 - 18:53

The local government election campaign has now started. On 3 May there will be elections in 150 councils, with 45 of these being all out. Corbyn’s Labour is expected to do well, particularly in big cities.

Petition: end the freeze on Local Housing Allowance martin Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:15
Rough sleepers

Petition: end the freeze on Local Housing Allowance

To Philip Hammond - Chancellor of the Exchequer

End the freeze on Local Housing Allowance.

The number of people rough-sleeping has grown in the UK for seven years in a row, and now maybe 5,000 people now regularly sleep outside overnight. Rents have risen whilst housing benefit has been frozen. Maybe 5 million households have seen housing benefit drop behind rents over the past three years. Some have cut other spending to keep up with rents; others haven't been able to.

When Labour councils resisted Tory housing policy SJW Wed, 03/14/2018 - 13:19
Clay Cross

Rosalind Robson continues with the story of the 1972 resistance to the Housing Finance Act by Clay Cross council in Derbyshire. Read Part One here

That the Labour council of the small Derbyshire town of Clay Cross fought a Tory government over its policy of raising rents by an act of Parliament — the 1972 Housing Finance Act — is well known.

Football versus fat-cat developers SJW Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:12
DHFC fans supporting the Picturehouse dispute

A dispute between Dulwich Hamlet Football Club and the owners of their stadium in south London sharply escalated in the week beginning 5 March.

Property developer Meadow Residential has evicted the club from their Champion Hill ground. A subsidiary of the company also wrote claiming to have trademarked “Dulwich Hamlet”, demanding the club no longer use the name.

HDV: death of a sell-off

Submitted by Matthew on 7 February, 2018 - 2:25 Author: Simon Nelson

The resignation of Claire Kober, the Blairite leader of Haringey Council, has left the Haringey Development Vehicle, the scheme her leadership had championed, in tatters. It was a victory for the Stop HDV campaign and the Labour activists who had systematically worked to select candidates for the May council election who opposed the sell-off of £2 billion of public land, the destruction of social housing, and a partnership with the blacklisting giant Lendlease.

Save our homes! Matthew Wed, 02/07/2018 - 14:13

In Leeds, an entire working class community are threatened with their homes being demolished and replaced by homes they can’t afford.

The Wordsworth and Sugar Hill Estates on Oulton at the edge of Leeds are made up of seventy ex-National Coal Board houses. After the privatisation of the coal industry these houses were handed over to the Pemberstone Group. They are seeking planning permission to evict the tenants, knock down the housing and replace it with expensive commuter properties for sale.

NEC intervenes on HDV Matthew Wed, 01/31/2018 - 13:20

In a motion moved by Jim Kennedy from Unite, the Labour NEC has called on Haringey Council to reconsider the Haringey Development Vehicle, a plan to sell off £2bn of public land and form a private partnership with blacklist developer Lendlease to build 6,400 homes.

Tax the rich to build social housing

Submitted by Matthew on 31 January, 2018 - 12:46 Author: Ken Worthington, Mol Konits, George Russell and Hilary Jones
Homes for all demo

Homelessness is on the rise in the UK. By end of 2016, the official underestimate was 4,134 people sleeping rough on the streets of the UK.

The figure has doubled since 2010 and is a 16% increase on 2015. The housing campaign Shelter estimates 300,000 people sleeping rough or in temporary or overcrowded accommodation, a 13,000 increase on 2016.

Further tens of thousands are sofa surfing or staying with friends in tense conditions.

By the end of 2017, 79,190 households were in temporary accommodation, a 17% increase on 2015, and a 59% increase on 2010.

Locking horns with the Tory government SJW Tue, 01/16/2018 - 19:59
Clay Cross

Rosalind Robson begins a two-part article on the 1972 struggle over council house rents in the Derbyshire town of Clay Cross.

Clay Cross Labour council’s defiance in the face of a Tory government which wanted to increase council house rents, and the council’s determination to keep rents low, is a landmark event in British labour movement history and deserves to be better known.