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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...
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
MPs call for evidence from Tenants
The Parliamentary Campaign for Council Housing is delighted to invite council tenants from across the country to meet MPs and give their views on the current issues and priorities for council housing.
The evidence session will take place on 9th July 6-8pm at the House of Commons. It will include a short slot for each delegation to say what they see as the main concerns in relation to council housing locally and nationally.
This can be backed up by written evidence if people want to go into more detail. We hope this will be written up into a report, and will help to shape the argument for more direct investment in existing and new council housing.

Tenant groups from Leeds, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Swindon, Stroud, Cambridge and Harlow are among those so far saying they will take part. Joint delegations along with local trade unions and councillors are welcome.

Please email jamie.sweeney@parliament.uk if you would like to attend.

20 Jun 2018
Tenants meet Minister to demand investment
DCH joined other council and housing association tenants at a meeting with Housing Minister Dominic Raab on 11 April 2018.
This was a 'round table' meeting organised by Grenfell survivors, to put our views to the housing minister in advance of the Green Paper on social housing.
Tenants spoke forcefully about security, public accountability, rent issues, and opposition to demolitions. Dominic Raab asked whether there is a stigma against social tenants because of our 'protected status'. He also said that one reason for estate redevelopment was the need to create more mixed communities. Paul Burnham of Haringey DCH said that Tottenham, which is set for mass demolitions, is already a mixed community, where every team playing in the World Cup has measurable local support.
It is a mixed community with a place for the poor and people with lower incomes, and council housing helps to provide social integration. There is no stigma attached to our secure tenancies or our rent regime, which we are proud of and want to protect.
The kind of new housing being built does not have a place for us. For example, a planned development at Wood Green in Haringey, has no social rent housing but only a few much more expensive 'Affordable rent' tenancies, and a poor door for affordable residents; the developer's viability consultant wrote that he wanted the Affordable rent tenancies restricted to households with at least £40,000 income a year.
The conclusion is that we do not want estate demolitions, and we need the restoration of government development grant for new council housing.
25 Apr 2018
Housing associations not building for social rent
The G15 housing associations, landlord to 550,000 homes, 21 percent of all HA homes, started only 3 MORE >>
01 Apr 2018
Labour Review on Council Housing future
Labour's shadow housing minister is calling for views and evidence to inform future policy on counci MORE >>
03 Jan 2018
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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