Make sure council housing is on the agenda on May 1st - International Workers Day. Civil servants are holding a national strike and the TUC and a wide range of other unions are backing protests
to defend public services.
Get tenants, trade unionists, councillors and others to 'Stand Up For Council Housing'. Organise a protest/photo call
on the steps of the Town Hall, issue a press release and distribute campaign material at other May Day events.
Download new poster to publicise your event.
Defend Council Housing has posted a 'Fourth Option' for council housing e-petition
on the Downing Street website.
Please forward on this email to help collect signatures
DCH is also urging campaign supporters to organise Stand Up For Council Housing public meetings in May/June with a broad platform of speakers to build up pressure for government
to agree the 'Fourth Option' of direct investment and to see off the threat to lifelong secure tenancies (email for help with speakers and publicity).
Delegation met Ruth Kelly
On Wednesday (April 18) MPs Austin Mitchell, Frank Dobson, Michael Meacher, Jon Cruddas, Ken Purchase, David Drew and Paul Holmes along with Alan Walter and Eileen Short from Defend Council Housing
met Secretary of State Ruth Kelly, her advisors and senior officers from the Department for Communities.
Kelly said she was "very happy to work together on areas of agreement… any ideas that we can share together would be welcome" but got an angry response from MPs when she
tried to suggest that the pilot scheme on councils opting out of the HRA and ALMOs transfering majority ownership into the private sector would either solve the problems
or be acceptable solutions. Following the meeting Austin Mitchell reflected "We've got a new Minister who sounded sympathetic to our arguments but she's inherited a set of
policies which have now hit the buffers."
The lack of any new announcement prior to a change in Prime Minister is hardly suprising. More interesting are the Labour Party 'Partnership in Power' discussion fueled by the
growing sense (New deal brokered for new PM reported in Inside Housing) that there
has to be a major new government initiative on housing and that the new Prime Minister will not want to suffer an embarassing fourth defeat at Labour Party conference in September.
Ask candidates to sign up to DCH's Ten Questions
DCH has produced 'Ten Questions to Candidates'
for those standing in the May 3rd elections
and for candidates in the Labour Party leadership elections. Circulate the questions, issue a local press release and ask the press to poll.
DCH is holding a national conference on July 12 at the TUC's Congress House, London.
Download conference Flyer & Programme
, circulate locally and organise a delegation of
tenants, trade unionists and councillors from your area to attend. Propose to your council that they sponsor the delegation - they always say they want tenants to be well
informed and regularly fund tenants to attend other 'similar' events (individual tenants £5; sponsored tenants, trade unionists, councillors, etc £20)
Further information from www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk