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Tenants die when landlords don't listen
Tenant groups are horrified and scared after the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in west London last night. The fire has killed and injured many, and is devastating the lives of hundreds.
In sorrow we send our sympathy and offers of practical support. And in anger we demand an end to the murderous disregard and contempt for tenants, by the landlord in Kensington: see Grenfell Action Group warning.
Across the country other landlords are ignoring safety warnings from tenants and others - Fire safety report on 4,000 blocks ignored. Government cuts funding for major repairs and maintenance, promotes demolition and describes our homes, estates and communities as 'brownfield sites'. This is the context of the disastrous failure to act on tenants' warnings.
Across the country landlords ignore tenants' warnings, in order to cut costs or avoid works.
We need a full, immediate safety enquiry into Grenfell and every other block. We need full funding for any improvements including sprinkler systems, recommended by fire services. And we need to listen to tenants views on redevelopment and warnings about the risks to homes and lives.
14 June 2017
Write to MPs and Lords - 3 May
Contact MPs and Lords to oppose the Housing Bill and attend the Kill the Housing Bill meeting in parliament on 3rd May. Find MPs and Lords email addresses here or use this link .
MPs who oppose the Bill can be invited to join the lobby, and will be able to use letters from constituents as proof of widespread opposition. You can add personal information about how the Bill will affect you and others, which MPs can use in the debate.
Download the model letter/email below.

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Support Housing Bill motion
Add your support to Kill the Housing Bill. This is an issue for union members across Britain, trapped in private renting or under threat of attacks on council and housing association housing in the Bill.
Put this model motion here to your union and join resistance to the Housing Bill. Download more...
Council writes to all tenants
Campaigners against the Housing Bill are calling on local councils to speak out and organise public meetings.
A letter sent to all tenants by Islington Council, led to a meeting attended by 600 people.

All councils and housing associations can and should write to all residents. See Islington letter here.

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Organise to beat the Housing Bill
1. Contact tenant reps, unions and community organisations, with poster , petition and leaflets

2. Write to local papers, use facebook, hold local meetings

3. Do street stalls and knock doors with petition and leaflets

4.Get in touch for speakers and help: info@defendcouncilhousing.org.uk

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Housing Bill Briefing and leaflets
Order copies of Kill the Housing Bill leaflet and Briefing now. Leaflets 100=£2.50; 500 = £6; Briefing 50=£2.50; 100 = £5; or get price for more from info@defendcouncilhousing.org.uk

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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...
Prime Minister's council housing pledge  beware fakes and false promises
Defend Council Housing (DCH) would welcome delivery of Theresa Mays offer to take personal responsibility for fixing the housing crisis, including a new generation of council homes.
However, her proposals will do no such thing. Based on experience, little if any of the £2bn extra housing capital programme funding will be used to build council homes.
Financial and other barriers prevent genuine council house building or improvement. The Private Registered Providers (former housing associations) competing for this funding, now build mostly for private rent and sale, not for social rent - see figures here and here.

1. To build REAL council housing requires genuinely affordable target rents and permanent, Secure Tenancies. So-called 'affordable' homes, at up to 80 per cent market rents, with fixed term tenancies of five years, aggravate housing problems, not solutions.
We need investment in new and existing publicly-owned homes with a directly-accountable landlord. Council housing funding must be restored to a sustainable level, and inflated Treasury debt levies removed.

2. DCH is extremely concerned at the governments failure to honour its promises about fire safety in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster. As the Prime Minister rightly said today, this tragedy should never have happened.
Government must provide the promised funding for fire safety improvements including sprinklers, in all council homes where these are needed. It is their responsibility.
Any commitment to new council housing must not be at the expense of existing tenants safety. Otherwise this is a housing policy based on robbing Peter to pay Paul.

3. A new generation of energy-efficient council housing is essential to meet real present housing need. However, the 2016 Housing and Planning Act requires local councils to sell-off high value council homes when they become empty. The government has not produced the detail on how they propose to implement this, but it remains a threat to any long-term investment in new council housing. If the Prime Minister is to deliver on her promise, the Housing and Planning Act must be repealed.

4. Alongside new council housing, government must take urgent action to control rents and improve security of tenure in the private rented sector. The fig-leaf of measures announced today and in the 2017 Housing White Paper are inadequate. It must also compel Private Registered Providers (formerly known as housing associations) to fulfill their social purpose. Currently they are building more homes for the private market than for social rent.

5. We note this government plans to continue investing much less public money into council and housing association homes for rent, than in subsidising the failing private housing market. Housing capital investment has been cut from £11.4bn in 2009 to £5.3bn in 2015 - see NHF report.

We have had enough false promises. Government must provide direct investment to improve and make safe existing homes, and build a new generation of 500,000 council homes at council rents with council tenancies.

04 Oct 2017
Ken Loach joins campaign at Labour Conference Mon 25th
Ken Loach, Steve Turner Unite, Justice4Grenfell, Emma Dent Coad MP, Rochdale Save Seven Sisters campaign and more will join the campaign meeting at Labour conference, Monday 25th 5.30pm at Community Base, 113 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3XG - leaflet here. And all welcome to an action planning meeting on 7 October, 11am at Unite offices 128 Theobald's Road London, WC1X 8TN.

23 Sep 2017
Damning criticism of Government on housing
Government's housing failures are under fire from the National Audit Office (NAO) and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).
CIH show that 79 per cent of government housing investment now subsidises the private housing market, with most public money for 'social housing going to shared ownership and other unaffordable development - see CIH report.

The NAO says benefit cuts and caps are driving the 60 per cent rise in homelessness since 2011, which now costs the public sector at least £1 billion a year (and much more in human suffering and damaged lives) - see NAO report.

We need investment in council housing!

23 Sep 2017
Northern Ireland estate votes NO to transfer
Tenants voted 90 per cent NO in a vote on transfer of their homes to a housing association.
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03 Sep 2017
Organise on safety - meet 9 September
Tenant reps and campaigners are invited to this organising meeting to step up pressure for Governmen MORE >>
15 Aug 2017
DCH on terms of Grenfell Inquiry
The Grenfell Inquiry is consulting on what issues it should look at. They say: 'The Inquiry will n MORE >>
02 Aug 2017
Tower safety - residents organise to get action
About 150 residents from three tower blocks on Ranwell West estate in Tower Hamlets met to discuss s MORE >>
03 Jul 2017
After Grenfell - London meeting
Anger is mounting at the injustice to the dead and the survivors of Grenfell, and the fire risk for MORE >>
30 Jun 2017
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
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