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TUC say build council housing and end Bedroom Tax
'Instead of subsidising slum landlords let's build the council housing we need. Instead of Bedroom Tax let's have a Mansion Tax'
Frances O'Grady TUC General Secretary 22 June 2013 Peoples Assembly Westminster

06 September 2013
Sign the Housing Emergency Statement here

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 info@defendcouncilhousing.org.uk for speakers, leaflets and publicity.
Campaign newspaper
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. Download more...
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...
Tenants 'shareholder' rights removed after tranfer
Former Council tenants in east London are denied the promised right to be'shareholders' in the post-transfer company.
Following downgrading by the regulator, stock transfer landlord Eastend Homes is re-writing the rules in secret, tenants say. See tenants' report here>/a

23 Jul 2014
Cowley votes No to transfer
Cowley estate 'shareholder' tenants have voted 100 to 6 to oppose a stock transfer.
The meeting, held in the open air as the Community Centre was not big enough, rejected Lambeth council plans to privatise the estate.
21 Jul 2014
Myatt's Field PFI protest
Residents of Myatts Field North PFI 'regeneration' scheme in South London are protesting against intolerable living conditions on the demolition site on Friday 25 July 10am at Bramah Green Community Centre on the estate.
The protest is organised by the Myatts Field North Residents Association and Monitoring Board (RAMB) which represents council tenants and leaseholders living on the estate, and is supported by Defend Council Housing , Lambeth Housing Activists, Unite Community Fuel Poverty Action and Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth.
What Lambeth Council and the PFI developers term 'regeneration' has become intolerable for many who fear for their health, mental well being and safety living on the demolition site.
Some leaseholders have been forced out of the redevelopment because they can't afford the new homes, and tenants moving to new build housing face rent and council tax hikes which put even the new council homes beyond what they can afford.
The £150m PFI project means 980 homes on a site which previously contained just 477 council homes, while providing a new community centre and claiming to retain the same amount of public space
The additional homes on the site - 357 for private sale and 146 shared ownership - are selling at over £500m for a 3 bedroom home - a different world from the majority of people.
20 Jul 2014
National meeting 28 June
National DCH meeting 28 June 12-5pm at GMB office, 22 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD (beside Eust MORE >>
04 Jun 2014
Hands Off our Homes
Tenants and residents around Haringey are up in arms against the councils plans for the demolitio MORE >>
05 May 2014
DCH meeting @ Labour conference
DCH and anti bedroom tax campaigners will be lobbying Labour in Brighton next week to demand action. MORE >>
18 Sep 2013
Privatisation threat continues
Tenants still face the threat of privatisation through stock transfer in several areas.
If you MORE >>
06 Sep 2013
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
RESOURCES
DCH Newspaper Feb 2014
Update briefing Sept 2013
Councillors Against Bedroom Tax and Benefit Cuts
Stop Benefit Cuts - Stop Bedroom Tax

Pay to Stay: why means test is wrong

No Bedroom Tax evictions
DCH_newspaper_Sept2012
Statement from Housing Emergency tenants conference
Council Housing: Time To Invest
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