'Instead of subsidising slum landlords let's build the council housing we need. Instead of Bedroom Tax let's have a Mansion Tax' Frances O'Grady TUC General Secretary 22 June 2013 Peoples Assembly Westminster
The £30 bn debt settlement and inflation-busting rent formula Government are imposing on Councils, are driving huge rent rises. Tenants, trade unions and councillors rejecting the rent rises, are calling for:
* re-opening of negotiation on the debt settlement
* changes to the rent rise formula
* joint deputations to demand promised £7 bn capital funding backlog
If Government can continue to write off Housing HRA debt for stock transfer, we should insist on a similar write-off of debt which has been paid many times over in rent and receipts siphoned off by government
Organise a Public meeting Meetings around the country will challenge rent rises and government attacks on tenancies, rents and benefits: LONDON with Ken Loach director Cathy come Home; Owen Jones author Chavs ; Stephen Battesby Pro-Housing Alliance; Austin Mitchell MP chair Council Housing Group; trade unions, councillors,and tenants. 21 Feb 6.30 House of Commons committee room 14 LEEDS 24 Feb details to follow CAMBRIDGE 16 March 7pm Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Rd HARLOW 29 March details to follow. Others to follow - organise a meeting in your area. Contact email@example.com for speakers, leaflets and publicity.
Bulk order copies of the new DCH national newspaper (Sept 2011) - includes how to defend secure tenancies; Reform of Council Housing finance; Case against transfer; update on ALMOs; Housing Emergency campaign.
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.
DCH and anti bedroom tax campaigners will be lobbying Labour in Brighton next week to demand action. Tenants, trade unions, councillors and MPs are calling for a commitment to scrap the Bedroom Tax, and invest in a massive new programme of council house building and improvements. Union leaders, MPs, a Brighton councillor and Anti Bedroom Tax campaigners are among speakers at a DCH meeting on Tue 24th September 6pm in the Brighthelm Centre, North St BN1 1YD.
Tenants still face the threat of privatisation through stock transfer in several areas.
If you are a tenant, trade union member or Councillor in Salford, Durham, Lewisham, Lambeth or elsewhere where Councils are pushing stock transfer, and you want to join in a campaign to stop it, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 3371 2031 (leave a message).
06 Sep 2013
Eviction Halted in Manchester Protest
The first Bedroom Tax eviction in Manchester was halted after protestors lobbied the landlord and the Court.
Campaigns and protests are growing across Britain - to find out what is happening in your area contact Anti Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Fed
21 Jun 2013
United to stop the benefits war
Anti-Bedroom Tax campaigners and tenant organisations are linking up with trade unions, MPs and camp
09 May 2013
Council Housing Reforms Must Guarantee Funding
The long-delayed detailed proposals put some new money on the table BUT
28 Mar 2010
Conference launches Manifesto for Council Housing
250 delegates from 59 areas at the biggest and broadest DCH conference so far
19 Mar 2010
Tenants Vote NO To Partial Transfer
Tenants on the Ferguslie estate in Renfrewshire, Scotland, have voted NO to privatisation.
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
09 May 2009
Brown orders thousands of new council houses
DCH welcomes Brown's commitment to council housing