The government is rushing the Housing Bill through parliament. It looks set to destroy social housing as we know it, forcing councils to sell off their homes, replacing lifetime tenancies with 2 year ones, introducing market rents for all but those on the lowest incomes and funneling government support into unaffordable ‘starter homes’ rather than the new social housing we need. It will also make it easier for private landlords to evict their tenants, and remove provision for travellers. Read more about the problems with the bill here, and sign the petition against it here.
SAT 13 & SUN 14 FEB: WEEKEND OF ACTION AGAINST THE HOUSING BILL
Across London, people will be out to expose how the Housing Bill is set to destroy social housing and building resistance to it, including with valentines-themed activities with the message ‘Love council housing? Stop the housing bill!’
Sat 13 Feb
- 12 noon-2pm, Stratford Broadway, E15 1NG – stall, leafleting and open mic at the end of the East London Radical Assembly’s stall crawl, followed by campaign meeting on the Immigration Bill, 2.30-4.30pm at Bryant Street Methodist Church, Bryant Street, E15 4RU.
- 1-5pm, East Street market, Walworth - Walk in the footsteps of Charlie Chaplin to discuss organising against the Housing Bill which will help push housing inequality back to historic levels. Facebook event here. Organised by Architects for Social Housing.
Sun 14 Feb
- 2-5pm, Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, Waterloo – Housing co-op history walk and screening of short films about housing, including Coin Street. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Organised by London Co-operative Housing Group.
(Check back for more events and information .)
Other events coming up:
- Tues 2 Feb, 5-7pm, Room4a, Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA - Giving evidence to the Lords against the Housing Bill (allow 30 minutes to get through security)
- Sat 6 Feb, 11am-1pm, Unite, 128 Theobalds Road, WC1X 8TN - Kill the Housing Bill organising meeting
- Tues 9th Feb, 7pm, Islington Town Hall, Upper Street, N1 2UD - public meeting on the housing bill organised by Islington Hands Off Our Public Services Coalition (IHOOPS)
- Thurs 11 Feb, 6.30-9pm, Camden Town Hall, Judd Street, WC1H 9JE - ‘Summit’ against the Housing Bill hosted by Camden Council
- Sat 27 Feb, 11am – Yes DSS public demo against letting agents refusal to house people on housing benefit. Organised by Digs (Hackney renters group)
- Mon 29 Feb, 7pm, Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway, W5 2BY - Housing public meeting organised by Unite Community (call 07983 977775 for more details)
- Tues 8 March, 7.30pm, The Old Fire Station, 84 Mayton Street, N7 6QT – ‘The Housing Bill and you!’ public meeting. Organised by North London Revolutionary Communist Group
- Sun 13 March, noon, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3TL - national march against the Housing Bill. Organised by the Kill the Housing Bill campaign
The Radical Housing Network is made up of groups fighting for housing justice, based in London.
Housing: Groups within our network work on a wide range of housing issues, including but not limited to, private renting, social housing, squatting, access to benefits, homelessness, and co-operative housing.
Radical: We feel we are not represented by mainstream politics, and seek to organise a movement for housing justice from below, across tenure, rooted in people’s everyday housing needs. We support a diversity of tactics, including direct action.
Network: The network is a horizontal association; a “group of groups”. We connect and cooperate with each other, across tenure, within and beyond our local neighbourhoods.