Coming events against the Housing Bill

13-14 February: Weekend of Action: Love Council Housing, Stop the Housing Bill.
including Saturday 13th Charlie Chaplin walk from East Street market, 12.00;
Focus E15 stall in Stratford Broadway 12-2;
Sunday 14th 12-5 Housing Co-op history walk and screening of short films about housing, including Coin Street. More info contact coophousing@mail.com

13 March: National Demo: March For Homes – Against The Housing Bill, 12.00 Lincoln’s Inn.

Squatters Handbook callout

The 14th edition of the Squatters Handbook is being worked on!
We are looking for relevant pictures (photos, cartoons, diagrams), offers of proof-reading or lay-out, any comments on anything in the last handbook or our current leaflets to correct or improve.
We don’t promise to use anything.

Stop the Housing Bill – 5 Jan 2016

The next debate on the bill is the first week that MPs are back, on Tuesday 5 January. So we need to hit the ground running in 2016. Join the rolling demonstration outside parliament from 12 noon, followed by a Kill the Housing Bill campaign meeting inside from 5pm (allow 30 mins to get through security).

The Kill the Housing Bill campaign also has an organising meeting on Saturday 16 January, from 11am to 1pm at the Unite offices at 128 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TN.

If you can’t make it to either of these events (and even if you can), you can also contact your MP and demand that they don’t let it through. You can find a template letter here.

Let’s stop this attack on homes for all!

The Housing and Planning Bill is one of the most dangerous and far-reaching pieces of legislation passed in this country in a long time, yet its true impact has been unreported in the mainstream press and is largely unknown to the general public.

If passed, the Bill will:

1) Replace the obligation to build homes for social rent with a duty to build starter homes capped at £450,000 in London and £250,000 in England;

2) Extend the Right to Buy to housing associations without the obligation to replace them, further depleting the number of hoems for social rent;

3) Compel local authorities to sell ‘high value’ housing, either transfering public housing into private hands or freeing up the land it sits on for property developers;

4) Force so-called ‘high income’ tenants with a total household income over £30,000 (£40,000 in London) to pay market rents;

5) Grant planning permission in principle for housing estates designated as such to be redeveloped as ‘brownfield land’;

6) Phase out secure tenancies and their succession to children and replace them with 2-5 year tenancies – with such tenancies also being applicable to tenants who have been ‘decanted’ for the purposes of redevelopment.

holiday opening times

We’re not going to be open much until the new year, but we will be regularly popping in to pick up emails and messages, so, send us an email or leave a message on our answerphone and we’ll get back to you.

You can normally leave a message downstairs in Freedom Bookshop but they will be closed from 25th December to 3rd January.

Crisis at Christmas will be having their usual daycentres and emergency residential centres from 23 to 29 December in London (and elsewhere). The nearest pickup to us is outside Christ Church, Spitalifields, with buses between 9am and midday.

Check http://www.crisis.org.uk fro more details.

Radical Housing Network Conference

DIRECT ACTION IN A TIME OF CRISIS: WHERE NOW FOR THE GRASSROOTS HOUSING MOVEMENT?
Saturday 14th November, 10am – 6pm

The Radical Housing Network brings together over 30 grassroots housing groups from around London, fighting against gentrification and social cleansing; fighting for decent homes for all.

Groups within the Network have been at the forefront of the explosive housing movement over the past 3 years. From the community-led occupations of Carpenters Estate, Sweets Way and Guinness Trust, to the daily struggles to stop evictions across the city, the energy to fight for housing justice keeps building.

After 3 years of direct action and community organising, we want to explore where we’re at, and where we go from here. This event will be highly participatory, with plenty of time for group discussion.

All Saints Community Centre, 105 New Cross Road, SE14 5DJ

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MARCH AGAINST EVICTIONS

Saturday September 19th midday

from Stratford Park, West Ham Lane E15 4PT

organised by Focus E15 Mothers

To mark the second anniversary of Focus E15 campaign we are organising a march in Newham against evictions and for decent housing for all.

Please contact us if your group is coming to the march and can help spread the word across your networks and if you want to see your campaign or group added to the active supporters list which is at the bottom of this page.

Get Angry! Get Active! Get Involved!
Across the country, the eviction rate has never been so high with 126 families being evicted every day. The housing crisis is escalating and none of the major political parties are offering convincing solutions.

Newham Council is led by Labour Mayor Robin Wales, an unashamed advocate of gentrification, supporter of sanctioning and kicking out the poor and most vulnerable.

Under his rule, 400 homes on the Carpenters Estate remain empty while homeless people, whom the council has a statutory duty to house, are forced to move out of London.

On the second anniversary of the Focus E15 Campaign, we will be marching for these issues.

All welcome. Bring friends, colleagues and family – let’s make our voices heard! Homes for people not investors! Repopulate the Carpenters Estate!

Nearest tube: Stratford Stn/Stratford Int.
Buses: 25, 86, 69, 104, 262, 238

The march is being supported by other groups and campaigns including:
Boleyn Dev 100, Revolutionary Communist Group, Newham Monitoring Project, Action East End, Streets Kitchen, Reclaim Hackney, Reclaim Tower Hamlets, Eviction Resistance Network, Left Unity, People Before Profit, Lewisham Housing Action Group, Grenfell Action Group, South Essex Heckler, Basildon and Southend Housing Action, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, Clapton Ultras, (London) Radical Assembly, Disabled People Against Cuts, Movement for Justice, Freedom Without Fear Platform, The Trewps, United Voices of the World, Brick Lane Debates, Architects for Social Housing (ASH) Fuel Poverty Action, Camden Resists, Digs, The Fourth Wave: London Feminist Activists, Housing Action Southwark & Lambeth, National Bargee Traveller’s Association, Sweets Way Resists, Advisory Service for Squatters (ASS), Our West Hendon, Newham Peoples Alliance, Anarchist Federation, Friends of the Joiners Arms, 999 Call For NHS, Class War, Tower Hamlets Green Party

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