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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...
Social Housing Commission launch - the future for council housing
We welcome Shelter's Social Housing Commission.We believe the following points are crucial to protecting and extending the right to homes for all, that are safe and secure:

1. Independent tenant associations (TAs) are the best way to protect the lives and interests of tenants. Recognised and independently funded tenant organisation is key to ensure tenants were listened to.
Rebuilding TAs must go hand in hand with rebuilding council housing so that tenants are never again ignored, as they were at Grenfell.

2. Tighter regulation must apply to ALL landlords, including councils, TMOs, co-ops, housing associations and private landlords. Tenants must be central to inspections, reporting and monitoring. Unaccountable bureaucratic oversight can act as a pathway to privatisation, as it has in health and education.

3. The term "social housing" blurs important distinctions. Council housing still has life time secure tenancies, more rights and the lowest rents of any tenure, an accountable landlord and crucially, an alliance of tenants, trade unions, councillors and MPs actively defending these rights. Council housing is key to solving Britain's housing crisis, and we should beware of market-dominated fakes and imitations.

4. This year is the 100th anniversary of the Addison Act, which required local authorities to provide adequate housing and provided them the money and power to do so. The most fitting way of winning Justice for Grenfell is a commitment to safe, secure homes for all, through Government investment in more and better council housing.

07 Jan 2019
Ballots before any demolition
Guidelines for ballots on threatened estates are eagerly awaited in London (and elsewhere). Remind all council and London Assembly officers of London Mayor Khan's pledge:
30 Jun 2018
Council Housing Reforms Must Guarantee Funding
The long-delayed detailed proposals on Council Housing Finance Reform put some new money on the table but fail to ensure all council homes are improved to a decent standard. There are welcome promises in Housing Minister John Healey's written statement on 25th March BUT lots of problems.
Use the DCH Questions To Ask On Self-Financing to make sure your council fully consults tenants on the proposals; and to help tenants' groups, trade unions, councillors and MPs respond to the consultation by 6th July. Download for 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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