Housing

‘£10 billion to worsen the housing crisis’

The Radical Housing Network has responded to Prime Minister Theresa May’s conference announcement on housing with a scathing review:

May is pumping £10 billion into a housing policy that worsens the housing crisis: Help to Buy has kept house prices high, provides subsidies to a small number of people, and does nothing to address the chronic shortage of low-cost housing.

And her announcement of £2bn for affordable housing alongside… Continue reading

LCAP: A decade of direct action

Based on a “direct action casework” model of community organising pioneered in Ontario, Canada in the 1990s, the London Coalition Against Poverty was formed in 2007 to fight against the worsening squeeze on welfare provision which had been occurring under successive Labour governments.

Organised on horizontal lines, it immediately made a splash with punchy actions such as occupations of jobcentres and housing offices demanding that councils keep to their legal… Continue reading

Case study: Grassroots pressure over substandard housing in Brighton

The following article from Brighton SolFed looks at how even seemingly small amounts of pressure on council figures can shine enough light to panic them, and potentially force concessions.

On Monday June 25th Brighton SolFed delivered leaflets to a number of high rise blocks in the city, offering our solidarity and support to any tenants who might be organising to ensure their safety as a result of the fire at… Continue reading

Grenfell: Because they were poor

A member of the Anarchist Federation writes on guilt and the ever-rising death count in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

“The people who died and lost their homes – this happened to them because they are poor” ~ Akala, rapper and poet, local resident.

“Regeneration is a euphemism for ethnic and class cleansing” ~Kensington resident and writer Ishmahil Blagrove.

Guilty: Boris Johnson. When Mayor of London Johnson… Continue reading

Case study: Dealing with dodgy property firms in Brighton

In summer of 2016, Brighton SolFed was organising with a Leaders tenant who was being evicted from their flat. Following a series of pickets, that dispute ended after an offer of compensation to the tenant. You can read more about that dispute here dispute at Brighton Solfed’s website.

Here, another Leaders tenant from a nearby town, who contacted Brighton SolFed during the summer dispute, tells her story about how… Continue reading

Homeless fight back against criminalisaton

Bristol City Council recently attempted to criminalise rough sleeping, camping, and even parking in public areas, with a sloppily-worded injunction. We at the Resistance collective visited the people at the centre of the case to find out why, and discover how the Council’s injunction had been defeated.

The group that occupies a small encampment in central Bristol – known as Tent City, despite there only being ten such shelters –… Continue reading

Rent Strike: The new wave of student radicalism in London

Rent Strike Demo. Source: UCL CTR

Student rent strikes have become something of a phenomenon in London. Starting with University College London and now encompassing three other universities, including Goldsmiths and the Courtauld Institute, around 1500 are withholding at least £1.2 million from university administrators in protest of rising accommodation costs and shoddy maintenance of student halls.The rent strike is the new predominant vehicle of student radicalism within London and… Continue reading

New Freedom Freesheet out now!

The latest freedom freesheet is out now and will be distributed around the country in the next week. Look out for it at your nearest radical social centre or bookshop or get in touch if you want some for any anarchist group you are a part of. This issue features articles on the panama papers, the fight for reproductive rights, homelessness in Glasgow and the housing struggle in London. A… Continue reading

The story of Glasgow’s Tent Town and the battle against homelessness and the City Council

Photo from Glasgow Anarchist Collective facebook page

This is the story of Tent Town, a camp of protest against the problem of homelessness in Glasgow and the people neglected by Glasgow City Council.

Tent Town had two purposes from the outset: to shelter homeless people who had lost out on the closure of the Hamish Allan Centre and the closure of the winter shelter on the 31st of March and… Continue reading

Only working-class self-organisation will kill the housing bill

The Aylesbury Estate

With the Housing Bill about to come into effect, conditions are looking bleak for the working class. The Bill follows a plethora of attacks on poor people, the most notable of which are the benefit cap and the bedroom tax, not to mention the 2012 ban of residential squatting. Last year saw a record number of tenant evictions (averaging  170 per day), unprecedented numbers of people… Continue reading