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Haringey Fights Demoltion
Haringey tenants are leading a fight against demolition of council homes and businesses.
On Saturday 6th December 1pm campaigners will be opposite the local football ground, calling on Spurs fans to support the campaign against Council plans for mass demolitions of council homes and shops in Tottenham. Meet outside Coombes Croft Library, Tottenham High Rd, London N17 8AD (opposite the Spurs ground) 1pm 6th December. Contact Paul Burnham 07847 714 158
03 December 2014
Pass this motion - support March for Homes
The housing crisis is worsening every week. Mortgages are unaffordable, private renting is insecure, with poor standards and exhorbitant rents forcing more to rely on housing benefit, while council and housing association tenants are threatened by estate demolition and sell offs, bedroom tax and other benefit cuts.

We welcome the growing resistance of tenants and trade unions, private renters and the inspiring Focus E15 campaign.

We will add our name to the organisations supporting the March for Homes, publicise it widely and encourage members and local tenant/community organisations to take part.
Return to or PO Box 33619 E2 9WW

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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...
Get Your MP To Sign EDM 1389
Ask your MP to sign NEW Early Day Motion 2677 in Parliament. See Housing Emergency - Time for an Alternative here.
Email your MP and ask local union and tenant groups, councillors and campaigners to lobby their MPs too. Download more...
Pass motions - Stop huge rent rises
The £30 bn debt settlement and inflation-busting rent formula Government are imposing on Councils, are driving huge rent rises.
Tenants, trade unions and councillors rejecting the rent rises, are calling for:
* re-opening of negotiation on the debt settlement
* changes to the rent rise formula
* joint deputations to demand promised £7 bn capital funding backlog
If Government can continue to write off Housing HRA debt for stock transfer, we should insist on a similar write-off of debt which has been paid many times over in rent and receipts siphoned off by government
Organise a Public meeting Meetings around the country will challenge rent rises and government attacks on tenancies, rents and benefits:
LONDON with Ken Loach director Cathy come Home; Owen Jones author Chavs ; Stephen Battesby Pro-Housing Alliance; Austin Mitchell MP chair Council Housing Group; trade unions, councillors,and tenants.
21 Feb 6.30 House of Commons committee room 14
LEEDS 24 Feb details to follow
CAMBRIDGE 16 March 7pm Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Rd
HARLOW 29 March details to follow.
Others to follow - organise a meeting in your area. Contact for speakers, leaflets and publicity.
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...
No to developers carving up our estates
Tenants, unions and housing campaigners will protest when London Mayor opens the MIPIM developers' fair: 9.30am Wed 15th October junction Hammersmith Rd/Olympia Way W14.
Councils, Health Authorities and other public bodies are drawn to the event to sign deals with private developers. See Unite report: Carving up our Communities Wed 15 October
14 Oct 2014
Southwark meet to stop demolition
Is Southwark council housing under threat? A public meeting will air the arguments, and explain why tenants believe Council proposals for new council housing rest on plans to demolish existing homes.
All welcome. 3pm Saturday 25 October: Pembroke House 80 Tatum St London SE17 1QR
Speaker include Jerry Flynn - 35% Campaign/Elephant Amenity Network and Laura Fudge - Aylesbury Council Tenant

10 Oct 2014
Re-occupy Carpenters Estate
Empty council homes on the Carpenters Estate in east London have been occupied to demand council tenants with secure tenancies are brought back to live on the estate.
The Focus E15 occupiers are demanding Newham Council repopulate the estate, next to the Olympic Village, by filling empty homes with secure tenants, and putting an immediate stop to planned evictions of those still living on the estate.
See more details here and here.
30 Sep 2014
End Bedroom Tax and Sanctions
National Day of Protest Against Sanctions, Bedroom Tax and Benefit Cuts
28 Aug 2014
One Housing attack Union
Major Housing Association One Housing Group, which took over many council estates, has sacked Unite MORE >>
16 Aug 2014
Tenants 'shareholder' rights removed after tranfer
Former Council tenants in east London are denied the promised right to be'shareholders' in the post- MORE >>
23 Jul 2014
Cowley votes No to transfer
Cowley estate 'shareholder' tenants have voted 100 to 6 to oppose a stock transfer.
The meeting MORE >>
21 Jul 2014
Myatt's Field PFI protest
Residents of Myatts Field North PFI 'regeneration' scheme in South London are protesting against i MORE >>
20 Jul 2014
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
March for Homes support grows
DCH at TUC 2014
DCH Newspaper Feb 2014
Update briefing Sept 2013
Councillors Against Bedroom Tax and Benefit Cuts
Statement from Housing Emergency tenants conference
Council Housing: Time To Invest
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