Ms T, a member of the group and mother of three, is pregnant and about to be evicted from a private tenancy later in the month, just three days before her baby is due to be born. Ms T had approached Haringey Council to apply for emergency housing at the beginning of summer, but was told on repeated occasions that she would not be housed until the hour of her eviction. The fact that she was pregnant was not reason enough to offer her accommodation earlier. So she would have to wait for bailiffs to throw her out, before turning up at the council office with all her belongings, only three days from her baby's due date.
- Published: 18 October 2012
Haringey Council has announced that it intends to appoint the former Chief Executive of Barnet 'easyCouncil' on a salary of £189,440 per annum. Nick Walkley spearheaded a mass privatisation and cuts programme in Barnet and jumped ship before its completion. We do not want Barnet’s costly experiment repeated here.
His appointment is due to be either approved or rejected at a council Cabinet meeting on 16 October.
Haringey Alliance for Public Services is calling on them to reject the appointment and reverse their current policies which threaten our local public services. They have called a protest at the council cabinet meeting on Tuesday 16 October, 5.45pm at Haringey Civic Centre, Wood Green, N22.
For anyone who lives or works in Haringey, please also sign this petition (or see link below) to let councillors know that we oppose Walkley's appointment and any plans for mass outsourcing of services in our borough.
- Published: 10 October 2012
Haringey Housing Action Group held an inspection of local letting agents to draw attention to high rents, short-term tenancies, discrimination against housing benefit claimants and high administration fees.
On Saturday 6 October, a team of Community Housing Inspectors took a tour of local letting agents along Green Lanes to investigate their practices. About 20 people took part in the inspection, asking letting agency staff about their company policies, including: whether they accept tenants claiming housing benefit; how many months deposit they require; what charges they make to tenants; and what is the longest tenancy period they offer. Of the agencies visited, four agreed to take part, while Winkworths, Kings Group, Bairstow Eves, Brian Thomas and Anthony Pepe all denied access or refused to speak to the self-styled inspectors.
- Published: 08 October 2012
Haringey Migrant Support Group is hosting a night of music and theatre to raise funds for a much needed Migrant Support Centre in the borough from 8pm at St John Vianney Church Hall, 86 West Green Road, N15 3QL
The Haringey Migrant Centre will provide a weekly drop-in service for migrants. The centre will offer advice on immigration, housing, and will signpost towards local services. The group hopes to create a welcoming and safe space, helping, to reduce social isolation amongst migrants living in Haringey.
- Published: 19 September 2012
- Published: 18 September 2012
But are you still paying off your winter fuel bills?
Are you dreading the coming winter?
For all Haringey residents, whether you’re struggling with rip-off fuel bills, having difficulties heating your home in the winter or are passionate about the issue and would like to support, come along to…
- Published: 11 September 2012
Friday 3 August, 9am at Haringey Council Customer Service Centre, Apex House, 820 Seven Sisters Road, N15 5PQ (tube: Seven Sisters) - the home of the North London Housing Benefit Hub.
Local Housing Allowance (LHA) Housing Benefit cuts are starting to hit, and we are seeing the first set of evictions for tenants who can't pay for rent increases from their benefits. With solidarity actions, we can all try and stop individual evictions, but what is the council doing to support tenants who don't want to be forced to move?
- Published: 01 August 2012
The council-run Development Management Forum, for Grainger's resubmitted Wards Corner site planning application, ended abruptly on Wednesday night. Members of the public walked out when it became clear there was no one present who could answer their questions.
Two hundred people from many parts of Tottenham's local community came to express their views about this controversial proposal and have their questions answered. It quickly became apparent that Paul Smith, the Haringey planning officer chairing the meeting, and the developer's representatives, were not going to address the legitimate and heartfelt concerns of residents and traders facing eviction. Grainger did not send any of their senior development staff and the council officers refused to answer why they were continuing to back the scheme when they are currently legally obliged to uphold their planning decision last year to refuse Grainger.
- Published: 31 May 2012
Report from Save Downhills Campaign
On Tuesday (22 May) our teachers held a one-day strike in protest at a forced and unwanted change of employer to the Harris Federation. This was not a decision they took lightly and all messages of support were very much appreciated. Our teachers were joined by parents and other supporters on the picket line - here's the BBC report, if you missed it.
This support grew in strength during the day when over 400 people attended a Day of Action in to support our teachers. The Save Downhills campaign organised a family event in the Downhills Park with international food, banner making, face painting, sports and arts and crafts. Paul Lyall, a local poet, ran a fantastic poetry workshop for children and Michael Rosen also attended and voiced his support for our campaign - we so much appreciated both of them. Practically the whole school was there and many from the wider community - it was an event that won't be forgotten. Many thanks go to the NUT, UNISON, Sophie Kaur and others who helped make the day such a success.
- Published: 27 May 2012
AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR ALL - BRING RENTS DOWN!
Calling all private tenants in Haringey:
- Is your rent too high?
- Do you get enough Housing Benefit - has it been cut?
- Do you want to see affordable housing for everyone, and rent-reductions (instead of evictions) for those unable to pay?
WOOD GREEN LIBRARY, High Road, N22
Saturday 26 May, 2pm-4pm
Information stalls * Know-your-rights sessions * Discussions about what can be done
Includes refreshments & a small toddlers play area
- Published: 20 May 2012