Search DCH site A A A A Register for updates

Press Releases NO Votes Latest Press Local Material DCH Publications MORE>>

TUC say build council housing and end Bedroom Tax
'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

06 September 2013
SIgn the petition - Minister must apologise
Minister Eric Pickles describes council estates as 'Brownfield' sites, in the foreword to a Savills research proposal. See London regeneration research proposal, with Introduction by Minister Eric Pickles (the 'Brownfield' reference is on Page 2)
Download and sign the petition to demand the Minister apologises, retracts this description of council estates, and withdraws funding from this research. Download more...
Get Your MP To Sign EDM 1389
Ask your MP to sign NEW Early Day Motion 2677 in Parliament. See Housing Emergency - Time for an Alternative here.
Email your MP and ask local union and tenant groups, councillors and campaigners to lobby their MPs too. Download more...
Pass motions - Stop huge rent rises
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 info@defendcouncilhousing.org.uk for speakers, leaflets and publicity.
Campaign newspaper
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. Download more...
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. Download more...
End Bedroom Tax and Sanctions
National Day of Protest Against Sanctions, Bedroom Tax and Benefit Cuts
Thursday 11th September 2014

11th September is the Anti-Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Campaign national day of protest, supported by PCS and other trade unions, tenants and campaigners
Government attacks on benefits mean hunger, debt and fear. PCS union is supporting the 11 September protests, with the slogan: No sanctions for claimants, No targets for staff.
Tenants are demanding MPs vote this Autumn to kill off the discredited Bedroom Tax and for an end to unjust sanctions too.
End Sanctions, Bedroom Tax and benefit cuts
11am Old Palace Yard Westminster SW1P 3JY and 1pm DWP HQ Tothill St SW1
Other protests planned in Leeds, Sheffield, Oxford, Manchester/Liverpool, Birmingham, Glasgow. See more details here

28 Aug 2014
One Housing attack Union
Major Housing Association One Housing Group, which took over many council estates, has sacked Unite union convenor Bryan Kennedy.
Bryan played a leading role in a series of strikes against cuts in pay, and has now been victimised and sacked. Unite members are continuing strike action to defend Bryan and their union rights, and want wider support:

1. Petition Support Bryan Petition
2. Messages of protest to: Anthony Mayer, Chair of OHG: ralphajmayer@gmail.com Mick Sweeney, Chief Executive: msweeney@onehousinggroup.co.uk
3. Donations by BACS: Account Name: Unite Housing Workers Branch LE1111, Account No: 20040639, Sort Code: 03-60-01, or cheque to the Unite Housing Workers Branch LE1111, Unite LE1111, PO Box 66701, London E11 9FB. Mark donations for Campaign Funds
4. Download Im Bryan song here

16 Aug 2014
Tenants 'shareholder' rights removed after tranfer
Former Council tenants in east London are denied the promised right to be'shareholders' in the post-transfer company.
Following downgrading by the regulator, stock transfer landlord Eastend Homes is re-writing the rules in secret, tenants say. See tenants' report here>/a

23 Jul 2014
Cowley votes No to transfer
Cowley estate 'shareholder' tenants have voted 100 to 6 to oppose a stock transfer.
The meeting MORE >>
21 Jul 2014
Myatt's Field PFI protest
Residents of Myatts Field North PFI 'regeneration' scheme in South London are protesting against i MORE >>
20 Jul 2014
National meeting 28 June
National DCH meeting 28 June 12-5pm at GMB office, 22 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD (beside Eust MORE >>
04 Jun 2014
Hands Off our Homes
Tenants and residents around Haringey are up in arms against the councils plans for the demolitio MORE >>
05 May 2014
Council Housing Reforms Must Guarantee Funding
The long-delayed detailed proposals put some new money on the table BUT MORE >>
28 Mar 2010
Conference launches Manifesto for Council Housing
250 delegates from 59 areas at the biggest and broadest DCH conference so far MORE >>
19 Mar 2010
Tenants Vote NO To Partial Transfer
Tenants on the Ferguslie estate in Renfrewshire, Scotland, have voted NO to privatisation. MORE >>
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 MORE >>
09 May 2009
Brown orders thousands of new council houses
DCH welcomes Brown's commitment to council housing MORE >>
30 Jan 2009
RESOURCES
DCH at TUC 2014
DCH Newspaper Feb 2014
Update briefing Sept 2013
Councillors Against Bedroom Tax and Benefit Cuts
Stop Benefit Cuts - Stop Bedroom Tax
Statement from Housing Emergency tenants conference
Council Housing: Time To Invest
Explore DCH Site...
Stop Privatisation
Transfer, ALMOs, PFI, NO Votes

Invest In Council Housing
Housing Finance, Responses to Self-Financing Consultation
Ready Reckoner, Your Rents and Allowances

Build New
Housing crisis - the case for building new council housing

Defend Security Of Tenure
Defending principles of lifetime tenancies and affordable rents, Housing Emergency, Responses to consultation on tenancy reform

Fair Debate
Fair and Balanced Debate
DCH Publications
Search database of DCH publications, Press releases/Email broadcasts, Parliamentary Reports/Submissions, Briefings, Open Letters and Petitions, Newspapers, Pamphlets and Reports

Resources For Local Campaigning
Examples of Local Material, Cartoons to download,
How to Campaign

Useful External Resources
Latest Press, Latest Reports and Publications,
Links to useful websites

Stock Options
Questions to ask on options appraisals, Find out which councils are doing what
What You Can Do
The campaign needs your help - what you can do

Regional
Wales, Scotland

Tenants Movement
History of the Tenants Movement

About Us
About, Contact, Parliamentary Group, DCH Conference

ARCHIVE
Lobby of Parliament 2006
Hills and Cave reports 2007
Housing and Regeneration Bill 2007/08
Labour Conference 2008
Alan Walter Memorial
Read PDFs Defend Council Housing
Contact Us
Useful External Links