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No means test - no market rents
Charging market rents for tenant households earning £30,000 a year (£40,000 in London) would penalise tenant family members getting better paid jobs and overtime, and undermine mixed communities.
Trade unions will be a key part of a campaign to prevent means testing by Councils and housing associations. Discuss this motion, contact people affected, and get in touch to help organise this campaign Download more...
National Day of Action 25 July
Homes for all; cut rents not benefits
lively, friendly, noisy PROTEST on Saturday 25 July 12-2pm in front of the Point, Central Milton Keynes
bring banners, placards, whistles,drums called by DCH/DPAC/Unite Community/MK Against the Cuts

Action plan from 13 June summit
The Tenants and Housing summit 13 June agreed the following:
*a housing bloc on the Peoples Assembly march 20 June: assemble 1 Poultry opposite Bank of England 12 noon
*25 July a day of action against benefit cuts and bedroom tax
*a campaign against the extension of Right to Buy financed by open market sale of council homes
* A national March for Housing and Homes in London
* housing campaigns, hustings and lobbying aimed at Scottish, Welsh, London and other local elections 2015
13 June Summit - the day
Tenants and Housing Summit - the Day:
Opening session, with Welsh Tenants Federation, Anti Bedroom Tax campaigners, Private Renters, trade unions, Disabled People Against Cuts and Housing Justice

Followed by workshop sessions on:
1. Organising against Any More Bedroom Tax, sanctions and benefit cuts - with DPAC and Anti Bedroom Tax campaigners - leaflet here 2. Organising to stop evictions - with anti eviction networks and focus E15 (tbc)
3. Organising a new generation for the homes we need - with Generation Rent, Young GMB London, Streets Kitchens and others
4. Organising against estate demolition and loss of homes - with Fred Wigg and John Walsh Towers, Our West Hendon/Sweets Way, Haringey campaign against demolitions, Aylesbury and other estate campaigns
5. Organising to stop the Right to Buy rip off and win a new generation of council housing

With final sessions to agree action plans.

Cambridge meeting 28th April
Cambridge's Housing Crisis meeting with speakers from Generation Rent, Defend COuncil Housing, and Kevin Price Exec Councillor for Housing in Cambridge. Tuesday 28th April, at 7.30, at Ross St Community Centre.
Affiliate and Donate
Unlike local authorities we can't dip into the Housing Revenue Account and use tenants rents to campaign. DCH relies on affiliation fees, donations and sale of publications to get the arguments across. Raise support in your tenants association, union branch, Trades Council and political party. Download more...
Unanimous Support for Council Housing
Delegates at this year's Labour Party conference made housing their top priority for urgent discussion. They unanimously passed a motion committing Labour to campaign: against housing benefit cuts and the extension of the Right to Buy; for a massive increase in the supply of council housing; and for regulation of private rented sector housing. Download for more.
01 Oct 2015
Council calls for action against Government on RTB2
Milton Keynes full Council passed a motion condemning extension of Right to Buy (RTB2) last night (16.09.15).
'The Council condemns the Conservative Governments scheme and resolves to:
(a) work with other neighbouring authorities and housing associations to oppose the current Conservative government proposals;
(b) work with housing associations, developers and other interested parties to find innovative ways to build more affordable homes and to begin to redress the chronic shortage; and
(c) write to both Members of Parliament to insist that they:
(i) show their public support for this Councils position;
(ii) speak up in Parliament for more social and affordable housing, and not less; and
(iii) demand a genuine one for one replacement but not at the cost of losing more Milton Keynes Council housing.
See full motion here.
18 Sep 2015
Is your Council at MIPIM 2015?
On 21-23 October developers gathering in London are meeting investors, councils and politicians to trade in public land, influence and favours. Is your Council paying to take part?
Ged Fitzgerald, chief executive of Liverpool City Council is billed as one of 200 leading UK market experts. Cardiff, Leeds City, Derby, Portsmouth and Southampton, Liverpool, Leicester City, Stoke, Thames Valley, RB Kingston, Croydon, Surrey County and Greater London Assembly (GLA) are among authorities billed to attend. Ask them if they intend to sell off public land which could be used to build council homes?
Meetings include: From social housing to super-prime; How can property investment help the NHS?
And the property sharks aim to step up their political influence, in sessions on London Mayoral Elections and The Downing Street Forum.
MIPIM (Le marché international des professionnels de limmobilier) says it is a gathering of the most influential international property players, looking to close deals in the UK property market. See programme and report from MIPIM 2014.
30 Aug 2015
Right to Buy2: Stop sell-offs
Councillors, trade unions and MPs including Jeremy Corbyn MP have signed up to resist selling of MORE >>
08 Aug 2015
Compensate Councils for rent cut
Government's decision to reduce Council rents by 1% a year for f years has a sting in the tail. Tena MORE >>
26 Jul 2015
Who do Council homes belong to?
The extension of Right to Buy (RtB) to Housing Associations, funded by selling off council homes, t MORE >>
02 Jun 2015
Tenants & Housing Summit 13 June
Tenants and housing campaigners meeting on 13 June to resist Government attacks on council housing, MORE >>
30 May 2015
Independent ballot against loss of council homes
Tenants voted overwhelmingly against redevelopment plans that mean the loss of 74 council homes, in MORE >>
17 May 2015
Council Housing Reforms Must Guarantee Funding
The long-delayed detailed proposals put some new money on the table BUT MORE >>
28 Mar 2010
Conference launches Manifesto for Council Housing
250 delegates from 59 areas at the biggest and broadest DCH conference so far MORE >>
19 Mar 2010
Tenants Vote NO To Partial Transfer
Tenants on the Ferguslie estate in Renfrewshire, Scotland, have voted NO to privatisation. MORE >>
17 Nov 2009
Campaigners vow to continue work of DCH
The first national meeting since the sad death of Alan Walter agreed to step up the work of DCH MORE >>
09 May 2009
Brown orders thousands of new council houses
DCH welcomes Brown's commitment to council housing MORE >>
30 Jan 2009
DCH at Labour conference
Right to Buy2: Stop sell-offs
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Tenants & Housing Summit
Hammersmith No Privatisation
March for Homes support grows
Council Housing: Time To Invest
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