Ipswich council is the latest to oppose the huge rent rise for council tenants, driven by government-determined formula. Ipswich rejected a 7.2 per cent rent rise, proposing instead a 5.6% rise. Newcastle council supported lobbying and campaigning against the rent rise, at a special council meeting 1 Feb.
Ken Livingstone is the latest to sign up to a Housing Emergency statement including a call to 'reject huge council rent rises driven by government debt and inflation formula' see open statement
An organising meeting will bring together council and other tenant groups, with campaigns and organisations on 7 Feb 6pm at Camden Town Hall, Judd St WC1 9JE see map here
Support is building for the launch Housing Emergency - Time for an Alternative meeting 21st Feb 6.30 House of Commons with Shelter and DPAC joining Ken Loach, Owen Jones (author, Chavs), Stephen Battersby, Councillor Catherine West, Austin Mitchell MP, Gail Cartmail, Eileen Short,tenants, unions and others to launch a new wave of meetings and campaigning round the country: see leaflet here.
Further meetings already organised around the country to galvanise action, including: 25 Feb Leeds, 27 Feb Colchester, 16 March 7pm Cambridge,29 March Harlow, 16 April Tower Hamlets, with more planned.