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Fight on against Housing Bill
The Housing Bill passed in parliament on Thursday 12th May. It will not come into effect before April 2017: there will be many challenges including to the secondary regulation in parliament, and many ways to challenge and fight the Bill.
Plans to build opposition are spelled out in this Kill the Housing Bill statement: download here and sign here. Hundreds have already signed the statement.
A national meeting will discuss the next steps in the campaign:
Saturday 21st May, 10am to 1pm Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue WC2H 8EP Download for more.
17 May 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...
Fraud at transfer landlord angers tenants
NPT HOMES which controls around 9200 former council houses and flats in Neath and Port Talbot was robbed of £196,000 through fraud and embezzlement.
In a court case reported in the Portsmouth News on the 29th December 2015 Sarah Nabbona was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment.
However, the fraud and trial has never been reported in any of the Welsh or local Neath media.The Portsmouth News article is the only reference to the trial in any media outlet.
The news of the fraud finally leaked out this week; when asked to comment on the case a representative of NPT Homes answered with 'No comment'.
The chief Executive of NPT Homes was awarded a 15% pay rise this year to top up her salary of £120.000. Meanwhile tenants are angry at the increase in rents and charges imposed on them following the take over of their council homes.
03 Jun 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 opposition to the Housing Bill.
A statement from the Kill the Housing Bill campaign says:
'We oppose the Housing and Planning Bill because it means more insecurity, high rents and housing anxiety now and for generations.
'We welcome many of the amendments and concessions conceded due to opposition in the Lords, but remain extremely worried about the overall detrimental impact of this Bill, and cannot see any positive reason to support even an amended version.' Read full statement here.
Debate on the Bill continues in parliament this week. Download for 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 Lords.
A protest lobby on 3rd May will begin 12-2pm at Old Palace Yard SW1P 3JY, and continue with a meeting joined MPs, Lords and tenants 3-7pm in parliament.
Opposition is growing as the threat to present and future housing is exposed by Council leaders and Lords, media reports and wide and growing opposition from tenants and campaigners: 10,000 marched against the Bill on 13 March.

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23 Apr 2016
Housing Bill protest sleep out 15 April
Housing Bill protests will highlight how the Bill threatens more homeless people, while many are alr MORE >>
06 Apr 2016
Housing Bill - Timetable
The Housing and Planing Bill is being debated (with over 400 amendments) in Committee of the House MORE >>
20 Mar 2016
Southwark Tenants demand action against Housing Bill
Southwark Tenant Council and Southwark Group of Tenants Organisations (SGTO) are demanding their Cou MORE >>
01 Mar 2016
Lords hear evidence against Housing Bill
Lords heard hard-hitting evidence against the Housing Bill, from tenants and trade union groups in a MORE >>
03 Feb 2016
Housing Bill campaign grows fast
A packed 100+ meeting of tenants, trade unions, councillors and traveller groups met 16 Jan to orga MORE >>
17 Jan 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
RESOURCES
Housing Act Briefing
18 June national march
Housing Bill at Parliament 3 May
Housing Bill protest sleep out 15 April

Lords evidence against the Housing Bill

Kill the Housing Bill Briefing
Right to Buy2: Stop sell-offs
Council Housing: Time To Invest
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Stop Privatisation
Transfer, ALMOs, PFI, NO Votes

Invest In Council Housing
Housing Finance, Responses to Self-Financing Consultation
Ready Reckoner, Your Rents and Allowances

Build New
Housing crisis - the case for building new council housing

Defend Security Of Tenure
Defending principles of lifetime tenancies and affordable rents, Housing Emergency, Responses to consultation on tenancy reform

Fair Debate
Fair and Balanced Debate
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Stock Options
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What You Can Do
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