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Government refuses to confront enormity of Grenfell tragedy

In response to the announcement of the terms of the Grenfell Inquiry, Radical Housing Network said:

“This is yet another refusal by the Government to confront the enormity of Grenfell, and the indictment of our housing system which it represents. Limiting the inquiry to the narrow ‘technical’ causes of the fire will produce a narrow ‘technical’ outcome – one in which Grenfell is seen as an isolated case.

“Grenfell has posed extremely serious questions about the way we house people. Those affected by Grenfell, the wider community and the general public want answers. Prime Minister May pays lip service to ‘broad questions on social housing policy’ and yet these very questions are excluded from the inquiry terms. Investigators should be looking at the social policies which allowed such a tragedy in 21st Britain, and the way these have created a housing system in which some people matter more than others.

“Yet again this government, who said ‘no stone will be unturned’ in looking at the causes of the disaster, is fudging the issues at stake, and ignoring the close scrutiny of UK housing policy that we need. Grenfell must mark a turning point away from a broken and profit-driven housing system that treats tenants with contempt, and toward a society that ensures good housing for everyone.”

Radical Housing Network

@radicalhousing

Multiple reports of Grenfell residents still paying rent

In response to reports on Today programme of a Grenfell survivor continuing to be charged rent, Radical Housing Network said:

“Like everyone else, we’re absolutely appalled to hear reports of a Grenfell fire survivor being charged rent for their destroyed home.”

Grenfell Tower is part of Lancaster West estate, home to thousands of people.

“We’ve heard multiple reports that residents of Lancaster West estate, evacuated because their homes are uninhabitable, with no gas or hot water, are staying in unsuitable hotel accommodation while still paying their council rent. The trauma of the entire Lancaster West community is unimaginable, none of the residents should pay rent when questions over the safety of their homes remain – Grenfell Action Group called residents of Lancaster West ‘the forgotten victims’.

“All Lancaster West residents must have urgent clarification on this issue. We demand refunds for any rent collected, and reassurances that no other Grenfell survivors are affected.

“Confidence in Kensington and Chelsea Council is at rock bottom – for reassurance and clarity, the council must release financial information on all rental income they have collected.

“Once again the council that had little regard for residents before the Grenfell disaster shows its contempt for tenants. It’s time the Conservative council cabinet take collective responsibility for this catalog of failure and follow their leader and lead member for housing in resigning.”

Notes to Editors

Radical Housing Network is a network of housing campaigns from across London. Grenfell Action Group is a member of the Radical Housing Network.

Grenfell Action Group called the wider Lancaster West estate community the ‘forgotten forgotten victims’ and documented their housing issues in this in this blog dated 22/06/17.

Press contact:

Joe Beswick 07873 557 040

Radical Housing Network

radicalhousingnetwork@gmail.com

@radicalhousing

Notes to Editors

Radical Housing Network is a network of housing campaigns from across London. Grenfell Action Group is a member of the Radical Housing Network.

Grenfell Action Group called the wider Lancaster West estate community the ‘forgotten forgotten victims’ and documented their housing issues in this in this blog dated 22/06/17.

Press contact:

Joe Beswick 07873 557 040

Radical Housing Network

radicalhousingnetwork@gmail.com

@radicalhousing

RBKC Council leader Nick Paget-Brown & Cllr Feilding-Mellen resign – ‘Resignations are just the beginning’ says Radical Housing Network

In response to the double resignations of Council leader Nick Paget-Brown & Cllr Feilding-Mellen, cabinet member for housing, after revelations that he valued cost savings above fire safety, a Radical Housing Network spokesperson said:

“We welcome Paget-Brown’s resignation as leader of Kensington and Chelsea council – it is inexcusable that he has spent this long clinging to power.  His council’s response both before and after the tragedy has been incompetent and callous; the only concern has been to avoid scrutiny. His appalling resignation statement shows a dogged inability to understand the concerns of the community he is meant to represent. Residents are angry, let down, and yet all Mr Paget-Brown can do is pass the buck. He is without shame.

“Cllr Feilding-Mellen put profit ahead of people’s lives – his resignation is a small step toward justice. He and his colleagues have been hellbent on regeneration schemes in which profit was put before safety and which are seen across the borough as tantamount to ‘social cleansing’ and an attack on the working class North Kensington community.

“These resignations are just the beginning. Criminal charges must follow for those responsible, and the recently announced public inquiry into Grenfell must deliver real justice. It must be broad, and seek to understand how residents voices have been systematically ignored for so long. Prime Minister May must keep her increasingly empty sounding promise to ‘leave no stone unturned’.”

Notes to Editors

Radical Housing Network is a network of housing campaigns from across London. Grenfell Action Group is a member of the Radical Housing Network.

Press contact: 

Joe Beswick – 07873557040

Radical Housing Network

info@radicalhousingnetwork.org

@radicalhousing

Statement from Lancaster West estate Residents

Residents are “shocked and disappointed” at Theresa May’s ‘failed promises’ on Grenfell Tower fire inquiry.

Residents in the estate surrounding the Grenfell Tower today expressed disappointment at Theresa May’s failure to consult them on the public Inquiry into the fire, despite her previous promises to include them.

Resident Amanda Fernandez, said: “Prime Minister Theresa May did not even respond to our email requesting direct involvement on the establishment of the public inquiry. She has already appointed a judge who has told us the inquiry will be very narrow. She promised to consult us on this, but has completely gone back on that promise. We are deeply disappointed”.

Without consulting residents May has started appointing people such as Sir Martin Moore-Bick, and Sir Ken Knight, who residents feel are not appropriate, compromising the scope of the investigation from the start.

Residents say trust and confidence in the government and the inquiry are now very low, and residents are demanding the appointment of the correct people to lead this inquiry in order to prevent the same failures to be repeated again.

“We now have a complete lack of confidence in the inquiry’s ability to address the history of negligence that led to the fire, nor the authorities failures in the aftermath of the fire. For the truth to emerge and justice to be done we must be involved in shaping this inquiry” said resident Amanda Fernandez.

Please contact Lancaster West estate residents directly at: lancasterwestresidents@gmail.com 

Controversial ‘social cleansing’ judge, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, chosen for Grenfell Inquiry, and Sajid’s Javid’s housing offer – Radical Housing Network responds.

Following the announcement of Sir Martin Moore-Bick as Judge in the Grenfell inquiry, and Sir Ken Knight as chair of a new panel looking at safety, Radical Housing Network said:

“The appointment of Sir Martin Moore-Bick as the judge in the Grenfell inquiry is deeply distressing. Sir Moore-Bick has a track record of facilitating the social cleansing of London, approving Westminster Council’s decision to house a single mother with five children in Milton Keynes, 50 miles away from their family and networks, a decision later overturned by the Supreme Court. The government are clearly preparing a stitch-up, trying to put a judge at the heart of the establishment in charge of the inquiry, who supports the inhumane housing policies which have led to Grenfell.”

“The new chair of the “independent panel” advising on safety measures is Sir Ken Knight, a man who previously opposed fitting sprinklers in tower blocks and recommended £200m in cuts to the fire service. How can we have faith in this panel to deliver the protection we need? These two appointments are yet further evidence that the establishment is not committed to providing justice for Grenfell residents, and are unwilling to put in place measures which will prevent a tragedy of this enormity from happening again.”

Pilgrim Tucker , who worked with Grenfell Action Group at Grenfell Tower and is continuing to support residents, added:

“Residents from Lancaster West estate asked Theresa May to involve them in the decision making on the Grenfell Inquiry. In appointing Sir Martin Moore-Bick, she has ignored them, and appointed a completely inappropriate judge. We have no faith that this inquiry will produce justice.”

On Sajid Javid’s letter, on 28/06, that all residents made homeless by the Grenfell catastrophe will be permanently rehoused in social housing at social rent, the Radical Housing Network said:

“After over two weeks of uncertainty, and flip-flopping, it is good that the authorities have committed to housing all those made homeless by the fire, regardless of tenure, in permanent social housing at social rent. This is the absolute minimum that should be provided for people who have lost so much.

“However, after appearing to promise homes in borough, the government have backtracked. People housed in neighbouring boroughs could end up living many miles away from their jobs, families and communities. We know Kensington and Chelsea council could afford local homes if they wanted to. They should dip into some of their £274 million surplus, and provide social rented homes in the borough.”

Notes to Editors

Radical Housing Network is a network of housing campaigns from across London. Grenfell Action Group is a member of the Radical Housing Network.

Press contact

Joe Beswick – 07873557040

radicalhousingnetwork@gmail.com

@radicalhousing

Communities across London respond to the Grenfell tragedy, demanding safe housing and an end to ‘silencing’ tenants

Estate residents and renters in communities across London are demanding action to ensure that their homes are safe, and that authorities ‘listen to tenants’ to ensure that the Grenfell catastrophe marks a turning point for the UK’s housing system, Radical Housing Network said.

In Lambeth, a community forum is being held tonight to demand urgent ‘Action for Safe Homes’. Residents from across the borough are attending the meeting, including from Central Hill and Cressingham Gardens, two council estates with long-running anti-regeneration campaigns. Pilgrim Tucker, a housing campaigner who worked closely with Grenfell residents to demand safety issues were addressed, will be speaking at the event.

Earlier this week in Barnet, following the discovery of a tower-block with similar cladding to that used at Grenfell Tower, a local residents campaign held a protest to ‘demand answers’ from the local council to ensure the block was not ‘a danger to life’. And in Hackney, a renters group held an emergency public meeting to discuss how ‘to make sure people in our community are safe’.

Radical Housing Network is a London-wide network of over 30 campaigns fighting housing injustice, of which the Grenfell Action Group are a member.

Anne Cooper, a council tenant on Cressingham Gardens estate in Lambeth, said:

“As estate residents we saw the tragedy unfold at Grenfell and our first thought was – they are just like us. They had concerns about regeneration and maintenance, and were ignored.

“Now we feel it’s time to demand action to make our homes safe. We have been fighting Lambeth council’s regeneration plans for years but we’ve been ignored, even silenced. Grenfell has confirmed just how critical it is for councils to listen to tenants’ voices.

“Our community is coming together to work out how we can pressure authorities to listen to us – and provide the public investment needed to ensure safe, decent homes for everyone.”

A spokesperson for Radical Housing Network said:

“Over 120 tower blocks have failed cladding safety tests, and the number keeps growing. Across the country, people are scared, wondering whether their homes are safe. The tragedy at Grenfell has revealed just how broken and unsafe our housing system is.

“We’re calling neighbourhood meetings to ensure residents’ voices are heard by local councils. For far too long, social tenants have been treated as second-class citizens – now communities across London are demanding that public authorities guarantee safe homes for all.

“Grenfell must mark a turning point – it’s time to fix our broken housing system. We need public investment in a new generation of decent, safe, genuinely affordable public housing.”

 

Notes to Editors

Radical Housing Network is a London-wide network of campaigns fighting housing injustice.  Grenfell Action Group, a resident group who campaigned on safety issues at Grenfell Tower, is a member of Radical Housing Network.

Barnet Housing Action Group, Save Cressingham Gardens, Hackney Renters, Lambeth Housing Activists are also members of the Radical Housing Network.

Press Contact

Joe Beswick – 07873557040

radicalhousingnetwork@gmail.com – updates follow @radicalhousing

Lancaster West Estate Residents: Letter to Prime Minister and Home Secretary on the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry

We are the residents of the Walkways surrounding Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate, forced to live in the shadow of the Grenfell disaster. 

We support the survivors and mourn the dead – they are our families, friends and neighbours, many of whom are still missing.
We want to ensure that justice is served for everyone on the estate. We therefore demand that our voices are heard and fully included in the public enquiry.
  • We welcome the proposed full public inquiry and the promised consultation with residents and families of the deceased on the terms of reference on which the inquiry will proceed.
  • We also welcome the governments acknowledgement that the voices of residents and victims’ families must be heard by the inquiry and the promise of funding for legal representation to that end.
  • And so as the residents of Hurstway, Testerton, Barandon and Grenfell Walks, we demand that:
    • the scope of the core participants who should be consulted and funded for legal representation should include, not only the bereaved families and survivors, but also civil society representatives and organisations who have a track record of working with the residents;
    • this consultation needs to take place as soon as possible, with arrangements in place to ensure that it can be accessed effectively by all potential core participants;
    • to that end, the funding for legal representation of the bereaved families and survivors should be made available with immediate effect on a non-means tested basis in view of the distress that would otherwise be suffered by residents having to establish entitlement to public funding in the absence of official documentation and when they have lost their homes and possessions;
    • moreover the scope of the consultation should cover, not only the terms of reference, but also:
      • the identity of the proposed Chair and Counsel to the inquiry, including the requisite skills and experience; and
      • the composition of the panel of advisors appointed to assist the inquiry, including the requisite subject matter expertise, skills and experience.
  • This inquiry must enable a comprehensive investigation into:
    • the historical background leading up to the events prior to the fire both here and in relation to other tower block fires and any recommendations which had followed;
    • the fire, its cause/spread, and the immediate emergency response to it;
    • the aftermath of the fire, including the ongoing endeavours of the bereaved families and survivors to obtain the support and assistance they require, and the admitted failures in this regard on the part of the state, local and national.
  • The investigation must leave no stone unturned: it must identify each and every individual and organisation who must bear responsibility and accountability for this tragedy and the mishandling of the aftermath;
  • There must be swift recommendations to ensure there can be no chance of a repeat of this disaster elsewhere;
  • Bereaved families and survivors will require time to recover and grieve, not least in view of the paucity of support they have been afforded by the state and its agencies in the immediate aftermath. To that end, the timetable for the proposed consultation must be established and announced at the earliest opportunity, so that their effective participation can become a reality.
Please contact Lancaster West Residents directly at: lancasterwestresidents@gmail.com
Radical Housing Network press contact:
Joe Beswick on 07873557040 
radicalhousingnetwork@gmail.com / Updates follow @radicalhousing

Grenfell Tower residents evicted from emergency hotel accommodation with hours notice

Today residents of Grenfell Tower were given eviction notices by the local council to vacate their temporary accommodation in Kensington, in a move described as ‘barbaric’ by Radical Housing Network.

Residents of Grenfell Tower who had been staying at the Holiday Inn, Kensington, were told today that they were to be separated and moved by 4pm to other temporary hotel accommodation across London, in places such as in Heathrow, Lambeth, Southwark and north London. Following intervention by legal observers, most of the residents have been moved together to a hotel in Westminster.

Pilgrim Tucker, a community organiser working with the Grenfell Action Group and liaising with residents at the hotel, said:

“It’s beyond disgusting that after all these people have been through – losing their neighbours and watching their homes burn to the ground – authorities are prepared to tell them that they have hours to pick up their bags and move to some unknown destination, separated from their friends and neighbours. It makes you wonder if anything’s been learned from the Grenfell catastrophe.”

Radical Housing Network, an alliance of which Grenfell Action Group is a member, said:

“Today Grenfell residents staying together in a Kensington hotel were told they were going to be split up and scattered across London at a moment’s notice. Moving people around who have been through horror and trauma from one temporary accommodation to another is barbaric and unnecessary, and speaks of a degree of callousness by the authorities.

“Only yesterday Sajid Javid was promising that all those made homeless by the Grenfell fire would be rehoused in the borough within a matter of weeks. The government needs to move fast to make good on this commitment to rehouse all those made homeless by this catastrophe, according their wishes and needs.

“We still need answers as to what will happen to private renters, subtenants and homeowners of Grenfell Tower. We strongly suggest that given the scale of the disaster – and the trauma, mismanagement and negligence surrounding this case – all tenants of Grenfell, not just council tenants, are prioritised for permanent social housing in the local borough. If no so such social housing is available, we suggest Kensington & Chelsea council dip into their £274 million cash reserves to buy up property and turn it into social housing.

“Grenfell Tower is an indictment of a broken housing system – one where council housing is systematically run down and tenants are treated with contempt.

“It’s about time we had housing for people not for profit – and public investment in secure, decent, genuinely affordable housing for everyone.”

Notes to Editors

Radical Housing Network is a London-wide network of campaigns fighting housing injustice. For all press statements see radicalhousingnetwork.organd follow @radicalhousing. Grenfell Action Group is a member of the Radical Housing Network.

 

Contact: radicalhousingnetwork@gmail.com // Follow @radicalhousing

Damning MET statement indicates ‘culture of negligence at all levels’ – those responsible must be held to account

Commenting on the Metropolitan Police statement on the Grenfell Tower investigation, a spokesperson for the Radical Housing Network said:

“Today’s initial verdict from investigators, which could lead to criminal charges, is beyond damning. It is also an indictment of a broken housing model – one where council housing is systematically run down and tenants are treated with contempt.

“We now know that insulation and cladding tiles which failed safety tests were fitted to a block housing hundreds of people. Fourteen inspections at Grenfell in the last two years failed to pick anything up, despite initial refurbishment proposals and tenant requests for fire resistant cladding – which was never fitted.

“From the council’s estate management organisation failing to respond to repeated resident complaints, to the reported delaying of a fire safety review by government ministers, it’s clear that a culture of negligence existed at all levels. Those responsible must be held to account. In particular, Kensington & Chelsea council leader Nick Paget-Brown must answer questions on what appear to be multiple failings by his local authority and its privately contracted service providers.

“The issues raised by this initial verdict go far beyond Grenfell, and we must take urgent action to guarantee the safety of our homes. Only public investment in housing can ensure that we stop cost-cutting for the sake of profit and that council tenants lives are put before other concerns.

“People everywhere need and deserve safe, decent and genuinely affordable housing, run for the public good, not for profit.”

Notes to Editors

Radical Housing Network is a London-wide network of campaigns fighting housing injustice. For all press statements see radicalhousingnetwork.org.Grenfell Action Group is a member of the Radical Housing Network.

Contact: radicalhousingnetwork@gmail.com // Follow @radicalhousing

 

Grenfell Tower residents evicted from emergency hotel accommodation with hours notice

Today residents of Grenfell Tower were given eviction notices from their temporary accommodation in Kensington, in a move described as ‘barbaric’ by Radical Housing Network.

Residents of Grenfell Tower who had been staying at the Holiday Inn, Kensington, were told today that they were to be separated and moved by 4pm to other temporary hotel accommodation across London, in places such as in Heathrow, Lambeth, Southwark and north London. Following intervention by legal observers, most of the residents have been moved together to a hotel in Westminster.

Pilgrim Tucker, a community organiser working with the Grenfell Action Group and liaising with residents at the hotel, said:

“It’s beyond disgusting that after all these people have been through – losing their neighbours and watching their homes burn to the ground – authorities are prepared to tell them that they have hours to pick up their bags and move to some unknown destination, separated from their friends and neighbours. It makes you wonder if anything’s been learned from the Grenfell catastrophe.”

Radical Housing Network, an alliance of which Grenfell Action Group is a member, said:

“Today Grenfell residents staying together in a Kensington hotel were told they were going to be split up and scattered across London at a moment’s notice. Moving people around who have been through horror and trauma from one temporary accommodation to another is barbaric and unnecessary, and speaks of a degree of callousness by the authorities.

“Only yesterday Sajid Javid was promising that all those made homeless by the Grenfell fire would be rehoused in the borough within a matter of weeks. The government needs to move fast to make good on this commitment to rehouse all those made homeless by this catastrophe, according their wishes and needs.

“We still need answers as to what will happen to private renters, subtenants and homeowners of Grenfell Tower. We strongly suggest that given the scale of the disaster – and the trauma, mismanagement and negligence surrounding this case – all tenants of Grenfell, not just council tenants, are prioritised for permanent social housing in the local borough. If no so such social housing is available, we suggest Kensington & Chelsea council dip into their £274 million cash reserves to buy up property and turn it into social housing.

“Grenfell Tower is an indictment of a broken housing system – one where council housing is systematically run down and tenants are treated with contempt.

“It’s about time we had housing for people not for profit – and public investment in secure, decent, genuinely affordable housing for everyone.”

Notes to Editors

Radical Housing Network is a London-wide network of campaigns fighting housing injustice. For all press statements see radicalhousingnetwork.org and follow @radicalhousing. Grenfell Action Group is a member of the Radical Housing Network.

Press contact

Katya Nasim 07791018631

Grenfell Tower must mark a turning point for UK housing

In response to the horror at Grenfell Tower, Radical Housing Network and Grenfell Action Group are demanding:

– An independent Inquest and a Public Inquiry, so that no stone be left unturned in investigating what led to this horrific event, and tenants are able to have a voice
– That public authorities be held to account and criminal proceedings brought against all those responsible.
– That all Grenfell residents be offered long-term and affordable housing in their local area – to meet this need, RBKC should buy local private property and turn it into council housing.
– That not a single unit of social housing is lost following this catastrophe – this must not be an opportunity to privatise homes or for developers to make a profit.

A spokesperson from Radical Housing Network said:
“We demand an inquest and a public inquiry into the Grenfell disaster, so that no stone be left unturned in bringing those responsible to account, and that criminal proceedings are brought.

“For decades, council housing has been run into the ground and council tenants treated with contempt. Now it’s time to go into reverse gear – this has to be a turning point for UK housing.

“The Grenfell community must be allowed to heal together and residents must not be separated from their neighbours. If there is not enough social housing to house residents locally, the council should buy private property and turn this into council housing, rather than lining the pockets of private landlords.

“The UK housing system treats those at the bottom with contempt. Those on the lowest incomes suffer substandard, dangerous housing and overcrowding – whoever the landlord is. Tenants have few rights or say in their housing, whether they live on a council estate or rent privately.

“The UK urgently needs to rebuild its stock of decent, affordable, safe social housing.

“We need a housing system that puts people’s lives ahead of profit.”

Notes to Editors

Justice for Grenfell protest, Saturday 18 June, 12 noon – 2pm at RBKC Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX, called by Grenfell Action Group and Radical Housing Network.

Contact: radicalhousingnetwork@gmail.com // Follow @radicalhousing

We’re hiring! Part-Time Coordinator: application deadline extended to 28 August.

Are you passionate about housing justice? Do you want to work for a community-led grassroots network? With the fight for our homes more urgent than ever, Radical Housing Network is looking for a part-time coordinator to support the growth of the network as we look to develop sustained and effective housing campaigns. The coordinator will perform essential administrative tasks and help organise events and training for network members.

The ideal applicant will have strong administrative and communication skills and some knowledge of community struggles and housing issues. You will need to be organised and able to work independently. The role is a good opportunity for someone looking for flexible work within a motivated activist community.

Radical Housing Network is a London-wide solidarity network of over 30 housing groups founded on the principle that everyone deserves a decent home. We support a diversity of tactics from lobbying to direct action. We’ve organised occupations, eviction resistance and London-wide actions and protests against developers and politicians. With estate demolitions, evictions and soaring rents continuing unabated and the devastating Housing and Planning Act about to be implemented, we want to raise our game. For more about RHN please explore radicalhousingnetwork.org or find us on FB or Twitter.

Terms and conditions

The post is part-time 14 hours p/w (2 days pro-rata) and based in London. The rate of pay is £10.30/hr in 2016, rising to £10.70/hr in 2017.

Holiday is 5 weeks (pro-rata: 10 days) a year paid holiday (plus 8 bank holidays; pro-rata: 3.2 days). Up to 5 days a year paid sick leave.

Please note the role is offered initially for 12 months with possibility of extension (subject to funding).

Location of work to be negotiated – there is the possibility of working in Sylvia’s Corner, Focus E15’s space in Stratford. We may be able to support working from home. We will cover work-related expenses.

How to apply

To apply please send a CV and covering letter, referring to the Job Description and Person Specification below. The covering letter should be no more than one-side of A4 and should demonstrate how your skills and experience meet the person specification. You should also mention your motivations for applying the role and what you could bring to it.

The application should be sent to radicalhousingnetworkjob@gmail.com by Sunday 28 August.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview during the week beginning Monday 5 September. We will make a decision by Monday 12 September, and hope that the selected applicant will start as soon as possible after that date.

The application process is being managed by a Coordinator Steering Group, made up of three network members. If you have any questions about the role please email radicalhousingnetworkjob@gmail.com

JOB DESCRIPTION 

Essential aspects

Administrative work:

  • Answering email enquiries
  • Oversight for website and social media (Twitter and Facebook). Regular social media and website updates, keeping London housing events/actions calendar up-to-date.
  • Email list administration, including moderation, adding new members and troubleshooting, and seeking ways of streamlining email load.
  • Ensuring monthly network meetings take place, are advertised, are minuted, and minutes are distributed.
  • Draft and send out monthly announcement email, ie digest of RHN and local events/actions/meetings etc plus summary of key news/policy stories.
  • Redirecting enquiries to appropriate people (including media enquiries).
  • Creating and maintaining resource pages for website.
  • Reporting to the steering group on a monthly basis, with a review every quarter.

Network building:

  • Taking a role in organising towards events organised by the network e.g. conferences, demonstrations.
  • Helping to organise or facilitate relevant trainings for network members’ development.
  • Supporting the activities of network members.
  • Responding to conversations on the email discussion list when they aren’t picked up by other members.

Addition tasks that may be done, time permitting

Administrative work:

  • Updating media contact lists
  • Recording useful links, case studies, details of active housing (and associated) groups and other useful information (e.g. cheap printers, activists, academics).
  • Monitoring key housing and political websites for new legislation being mooted, discussed or introduced, and sharing this information via website and/or monthly RHN monthly digest.
  • Assisting in funding renewal applications, seeking new sources of funding, and making sure RHN submits regular reports to existing funders (as required).

Network building:

  • Supporting the development of relationships with existing housing groups and between existing groups working on similar issues and/or in similar locations.
  • Helping create RHN materials e.g. flyers for events, generic flyers for different target groups (renters, bargees, etc) and ensuring that they are available for events and local member groups.
  • Assisting member volunteers representing RHN at talks/ events, prepare materials such as presentations and info sheets.
  • Assisting working groups (e.g. media, research, eviction resistance).

PERSON SPECIFICATION:

Essential:

  • Organised, flexible, and able to work independently
  • Able to use a computer and applications (word documents, spreadsheets)
  • Competent with using the internet, web and social media (or a desire to learn)
  • An able communicator (verbally, written)

Desirable:

·         Knowledge of the housing sector, and community struggles