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Who do Council homes belong to?
The extension of Right to Buy (RtB) to Housing Associations, funded by selling off council homes, threatens direct robbery of public assets owned by Councils and tenants.
Government proposals for RtB2 will cut further the council and housing association homes available for rent, and blight plans for new build, as new homes are likely to be the first sold. The Government proposes that discounts for tenants buying housing association homes, will be funded by sale of the most valuable council homes on the open market: two tenanted homes lost with every sale.
The proposal cynically exploit the hopes and fears of tenants, especially those hit by the Bedroom Tax. But it is a disaster for those who need a home, and politically, practically, administratively and probably legally wrong.
Tenants, trade unions and councillors will discuss plans to stop RtB2 at a dedicated session during the Tenants and Housing Summit 13 June Download for more.
02 June 2015
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.
SIgn the petition - Minister must apologise
Minister Eric Pickles describes council estates as 'Brownfield' sites, in the foreword to a Savills research proposal. See London regeneration research proposal, with Introduction by Minister Eric Pickles (the 'Brownfield' reference is on Page 2)
Download and sign the petition to demand the Minister apologises, retracts this description of council estates, and withdraws funding from this research. Download more...
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...
Compensate Councils for rent cut
Government's decision to reduce Council rents by 1% a year for 4 years has a sting in the tail. Tenants will welcome a cut in our rent, after years of above inflation increases, but this will undermine Council Housing Revenue Accounts (HRAs).
Councils need to challenge the impact of rent cuts and other measures in undermining the self-financing HRAs, demanding compensation for the loss of income.

HRAs receive no subsidy from central government. The rent cut will mean that income will fall absolutely.
The Chartered Institute of Housing estimates Councils will lose £2.56 billion over four years and £42.7 billion over the 30 year 'business plan'. This would leave insufficient money to maintain the housing stock, adding to the disrepair backlog.
The debt settlement would have been an estimated £10 billion lower had these rent cuts been taken into account.

When the new Council Housing 'self-financing' system was introduced in 2012, an inflated national housing debt was apportioned to local authorities, according to their 30 year projected rent income. The 'debt' and the annual interest payments for this mythical borrowing are paid for by tenants through rent.
The 30-year rent estimate was based on a national rent formula: RPI + 0.5% plus a maximum extra £2 a year. Government then amended the rent formula to CPI plus 1%. Now, the proposed rent cut will make the under-funding built into the system, worse still.
DCH has always argued the historic housing 'debt' should be written off. Tenants have paid more in rent than this bogus 'debt' created by the Treasury to continue milking our rents.
One way Councils could be compensated would be by writing off some of this bogus 'debt'. The 'debt' settlements of 2012 should at the very least be amended so that Council HRAs are not sabotaged by later Government intervention. Otherwise these policies which will siphon off yet more funding and undermine tenants homes.

26 Jul 2015
Tenants & Housing Summit 13 June
Tenants and housing campaigners meeting on 13 June to resist Government attacks on council housing, tenants and benefits. A 'summit' for all those fighting for rent control and the homes we need.

A series of workshop sessions will tackle the Right to Buy rip-off, evictions and Benefit cuts: leaflet here
A closing session will draw up plans for action to organise action. Download for 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 a ballot organised by local trade unions.
In a formal organised ballot conducted by Waltham Forest Trades Council, 103 tenants opposed council plans for Fred Wigg and John Walsh towers. Local MP John Cryer has now agreed to take up tenants concerns with the Labour-run Council. See local report here.
17 May 2015
Tenants must 'access jobs' to afford homes after demolition
Haringey tenants are fighting demolition of council estates across Tottenham. Their Response to Har MORE >>
08 Apr 2015
London Assembly 'regrets' demolition loss of homes
Elected London Assembly members says Mayor should 'consider how the GLA can deliver a programme of MORE >>
20 Mar 2015
South East tour launches housing report
Meetings across the South East will propose ending building more 'social' homes for rent and ending MORE >>
19 Mar 2015
Stop demolition - refurbish Aylesbury
Marchers got a warm welcome yesterday, demanding Aylesbury estate homes are done up, not knocked dow MORE >>
15 Mar 2015
Protest as Councillors do deals in Cannes
Angry tenants and housing campaigners are protesting in Tottenham, Wed 11 March 5-7pm at 163 Park La MORE >>
10 Mar 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
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