'Fourth Option' - investment to improve existing and build a new generation of first class council housing
Support DCH's submission to government's 'HRA Subsidy Review'
and amendments to Labour's 'Partnership in Power' consultation

Government's HRA Subsidy Review
DCH has produced a draft submission to the government's HRA Subsidy Review and is inviting supporters to take part in a briefing and discussion on July 14 at Parliament (6-8pm, Grimond Room, Portcullis House) or email comments in advance.
Housing Minister Yvette Cooper promised the review would "ensure that we have a sustainable, long term system for financing council housing" and "consider evidence about the need to spend on management, maintenance and repairs". Help hold government to the promise - and make sure there are no unacceptable strings attached!
Circulate the DCH draft submision and encourage tenant, trade union and political groups to make their own submissions or formally inform the review group that you support the DCH arguments (deadline 31 July). Email hrareview@communities.gsi.gov.uk and post submissions to 'Review of Council Housing Finance Team', Communities and Local Government, 1/B1, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU and send DCH a copy.

Support amendments to Labour's policy document
Investment in council housing is top of the agenda amongst Constituency Labour Parties. Three Labour Party conferences have backed the 'Fourth Option'. Now 22 CLPs have submitted the campaign’s first amendment to the 'Partnership in Power' policy consultation – the highest number supporting any one amendment!
Lobby unions affiliated to Labour to submit and support the DCH amendments and encourage individual Labour Party members to lobby their regional National Policy Forum representatives. To get our amendments debated we now need both trade union and regional NPF reps to put them forward (deadline 5 July) and vote for them at the 'Warwick II' NPF meeting at the end of July. See page 34/35 in the new DCH pamphlet Dear Gordon 2.

Affiliate/re-affiliate and donate to DCH
Defend Council Housing struggles without proper resources to run the campaign. We desperately need funds to employ a worker and run an office to support local campaign and co-ordinate national initiatives.
Please make sure your organisation affiliates each year to DCH at local, regional and national level; propose a substantial donation; subscribe to mailings and order the DCH pamphlet 'Dear Gordon 2' (£1.50 for bulk orders) for tenants and union reps, councillors and others in your area.

For background information on the demand for the 'Fourth Option' for council housing and who supports the campaign see www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk

Get your organisation to send its views to the HRA Subsidy Review - email CIH to say you support the DCH submission (deadline July 31).

Encourage Labour Party members and affiliated unions to support DCH amendments to Labour's 'Partnership in Power' draft policy on housing.

Affiliate and donate - DCH desperately needs resources!

DCH Dear Gordon 2 and Case for Council Housing in 21st Century Britain pamphlets set out the arguments

Early Day Motion Investment in Council Housing (EDM 368) showing broad support amongst MPs across all parties.

House of Commons Council Housing Group report and Third Reading Briefing on Housing & Regeneration Bill