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Lords hear evidence against Housing Bill
Lords heard hard-hitting evidence against the Housing Bill, from tenants and trade union groups in a special hearing last night.
Twenty tenant groups representing council, housing association, Gypsy Travellers and private renters, plus individuals, trade unions and housing workers made a case against specific aspects and the overall logic of the Bill now going through the Lords.
Crossbench, Green and Labour Lords took part in the session organised by Kill the Housing Bill and sponsored by Baroness Jones. Download for more.
03 February 2016
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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Write to your MP - Kill the Housing Bill
Ask your MP to oppose the Housing and Planning Bill: model letter here, and find MPs details here.
Copy to Labour shadow housing minister john.healey.MP@parliament.uk And to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis MP helen.hill@parliament.uk or brandon.lewis@communities.gsi.gov.uk, Twitter:@brandonlewis.
Or you can writeto them at House of Commons, London WC1A 0AA, or phone 020 7219 3000 and ask for their office.

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No means test - no market rents
Charging market rents for tenant households earning £30,000 a year (£40,000 in London) would penalise tenant family members getting better paid jobs and overtime, and undermine mixed communities.
Trade unions will be a key part of a campaign to prevent means testing by Councils and housing associations. Discuss this motion, contact people affected, and get in touch to help organise this campaign Download more...
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

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...
Housing Bill campaign grows fast
A packed 100+ meeting of tenants, trade unions, councillors and traveller groups met 16 Jan to organise against the Housing Bill and Government threats to demolish estates.
Plans include: lobbying and evidence sessions in House of Lords, 30 January south London March against the Housing Bill leaflet here, Islington meeting 9 Feb Islington leaflet here and 13/14 Feb 'We love council housing' weekend of action on estates.
Contact info@defendcouncilhousing.org.uk for details. Next organising meeting 6 Feb 11am-1pm.
17 Jan 2016
Kill the Housing Bill - protest 5 January parliament
A campaign to Kill the Housing Bill - secure homes for all was launched today.
A packed meeting of tenants, trade unions, councillors, traveller organisation and a representative from the office of John McDonnell MP, agreed:
* An urgent briefing for all tenant organisations, trade unions, Councils and MPs
* 5 January lobby and meeting in Parliament
^ Next organising meeting 16 January
^ 16 April national March for Homes
For more details contact info@defendcouncilhousing.org.uk

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12 Dec 2015
Cressingham tenants win halt to demolition
Tenants today won a legal halt to demolition. Lambeth council in south London was ordered to restart consultation.
Ugo Hayter from the human rights team at Leigh Day, commented The decision by Lambeth Council did not take into consideration the opinions of the vast majority of the residents on the estate who have made it clear that they favoured refurbishment over demolition.
Cressingham's tenants association have fought a long campaign against demolition. See report and more information here.
24 Nov 2015
United against Housing Bill
Opposition to the Housing Bill 2015 is growing fast.
Tenants across England and Wales together w MORE >>
21 Nov 2015
Campaign against NoHousing Bill launched
Tenants and trade unions were joined by councillors and MPs to protest at the MORE >>
07 Nov 2015
Tenants Federation on Housing Bill
Tower Hamlets Tenants Federation calls on our Mayor and Council, councillors, GLA representatives an MORE >>
27 Oct 2015
'No Housing' Bill protest 2 Nov at Parliament
The Housing Bill 2015 is a serious escalation of attacks on council housing and tenants' rights.
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25 Oct 2015
Unanimous Support for Council Housing
Delegates at this year's Labour Party conference made housing their top priority MORE >>
01 Oct 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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Kill the Housing Bill 13 March poster
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Kill the Housing Bill Briefing
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Right to Buy2: Stop sell-offs
Council Housing: Time To Invest
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