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

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 12:12 Author: By Phil Grimm
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.

Petition: homes, not repression, for homeless people martin Mon, 02/12/2018 - 15:15
Rough sleepers

Petition: homes, not repression, for homeless people

The council leader for Windsor is demanding police use legal powers to clear the area of homeless people by 19 May. This is the date set for the royal wedding of Harry Windsor and Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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!

Submitted by Matthew on 7 February, 2018 - 2:13 Author: Luke Hardy

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.

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

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 7:59 Author: Rosalind Robson
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.

Homelessness continues to rise Matthew Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:16

Over the Christmas period the issue of homelessness hit the news, with examples such as Euston train station being opened up to serve Christmas dinner to 200 homeless people.

Landlords profit from right to buy Matthew Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:37

Four in ten former council homes bought under the Right to Buy scheme are now owned by private landlords.

The data, obtained by industry magazine Inside Housing from 111 local authorities using a Freedom of Information request, shows how Thatcher's scheme has decimated social housing stock. In the councils surveyed, a total of 180,260 leasehold properties had been sold under the Right to Buy since 1980. Of these, 72,454 are now registered with an "away address", meaning they are not occupied by the owner.