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Protest at parliament Wed 23rd demands action on homes
A protest outside Parliament this week will demand government action to control rents, build council homes and scrap the Housing Act.

The growing campaign has achieved a first step today, as Housing Minister Gavin Barwell ditched the 'Pay to Stay' tenant tax, a central part of the Act. See reports here and here .

Axe the Housing Act campaigners will gather this Wed 23rd from 12-4pm at Old Palace Yard SW1P 3JY and launch an alternative Autumn Statement for Homes.

21 November 2016
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...
Labour backs council housing campaign
Labour conference voted to campaign against the Housing & Planning Act, and to build a new generation of council housing.
This follows a year of campaigning, a team of campaigners leafletting and a very good fringe meeting at Labour conference the night before the debate.

'Conference recognises that the Tories' Housing and Planning Act will, if implemented, disastrously increase the problems facing those in need of decent and affordable housing.
Labour will lead a campaign against the housing act.. Labour is committed to campaign for and in government Labour will deliver... A housing strategy that uses public money and land to increase the supply of council housing with security of tenure at genuinely affordable rents.' See full motion here

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28 Sep 2016
Council house building essential to beat housing crisis, says LGA
Councillor Martin Tett, housing spokesman at the Conservative-led Local Government Association (LGA), called for bold new action from Government and a renaissance in house building by councils.

The LGA was responding to Government report on house building showing building started on 36,400 homes April-June 2016, way below the level needed to tackle the housing crisis.
For LGA, Councillor Tett, leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, said
The private sector clearly has an important role to play but these figures only serve to confirm that they cannot build the homes we need on its own, and will likely be further restricted by uncertainties in the months and years ahead.

Councils want to get on with the job of building the new homes that people in their areas desperately need.

If we are to stand any chance of solving our housing crisis, councils must be able to replace sold homes and reinvest in building more of the genuine affordable homes our communities desperately need now more than ever.

29 Aug 2016
Housing Act lobby at DCLG HQ 10 August
Despite the Government changes, civil servants are still drafting the regulations needed to implement Housing and Planning Act. Baroness Lister is helping to challenge signs of backsliding on promises won in the Lords, guaranteeing continuing secure tenancies for tenants escaping domestic violence.
A protest lobby is planned for Wed 10 August 8.30am at the Department for Communities HQ, where the regulations are being drafted. Contact info@axethehousingact.org.uk for more details.
04 Aug 2016
Storm greets new Housing Minister
The national Axe the Housing Act campaign agreed to welcome the new housing minister with a twitter MORE >>
22 Jul 2016
Fraud at transfer landlord angers tenants
NPT HOMES which controls around 9200 former council houses and flats in Neath and Port Talbot was ro MORE >>
03 Jun 2016
Fight on against Housing Bill
The Housing Bill passed in parliament on Thursday 12th May. It will not come into effect before Apr MORE >>
17 May 2016
Keep up opposition to Housing Bill
Protestors return to Parliament on Wed 11th May 12 noon, and call on MPs and Lords to keep up opposi MORE >>
10 May 2016
Protest lobby at Parliament 3 May
The much-criticised Housing Bill will be debated by MPs on 3rd May, after a series of amendments by MORE >>
23 Apr 2016
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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