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 firstname.lastname@example.org for speakers, leaflets and publicity.
Bulk order copies of the new DCH national newspaper (Sept 2011) - includes how to defend secure tenancies; Reform of Council Housing finance; Case against transfer; update on ALMOs; Housing Emergency campaign.
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.
Hammersmith Council discusses Housing Privatisation
The Labour-led council in Hammersmith and Fulham, west London, is considering privatisation of all 12.500 council homes.
A resident-led panel to consider the future of council housing, will be led by former Housing Minister Keith Hill, who as a minister championed widespread stock transfer despite tenant complaints at bullying and dirty tricks, and opposition at Labour conferences.
DCH is working to ensure tenants hear the risks and threat of privatisation.
17 Feb 2015
Haringey Fights Demoltion
Haringey tenants are leading a fight against demolition of council homes and businesses. Council plans mean estates in and around Tottenham, including Broadwater Farm, are threatened with large-scale redevelopment to 'change the tenure mix' by building homes for private sale and rent on the site alongside replacement homes for tenants. Contact Paul Burnham email@example.com 07847 714 158
03 Dec 2014
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
10 Oct 2014
Re-occupy Carpenters Estate
Empty council homes on the Carpenters Estate in east London have been occupied to demand council ten
30 Sep 2014
End Bedroom Tax and Sanctions
National Day of Protest Against Sanctions, Bedroom Tax and Benefit Cuts MORE >>
28 Aug 2014
One Housing attack Union
Major Housing Association One Housing Group, which took over many council estates, has sacked Unite
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-
23 Jul 2014
Council Housing Reforms Must Guarantee Funding
The long-delayed detailed proposals put some new money on the table BUT
28 Mar 2010
Conference launches Manifesto for Council Housing
250 delegates from 59 areas at the biggest and broadest DCH conference so far
19 Mar 2010
Tenants Vote NO To Partial Transfer
Tenants on the Ferguslie estate in Renfrewshire, Scotland, have voted NO to privatisation.
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
09 May 2009
Brown orders thousands of new council houses
DCH welcomes Brown's commitment to council housing