• Benefit Cap: Resource downloads for the fight to stop this social cleansing

    Benefit cap equals class cleansing

    On 12 August 2013 the final stage of the rollout of the government's benefit cap started. The cap has been 'trialled' in Haringey and three other London boroughs, since April.  In July, it then spread to areas which had low numbers of households affected. Now local authority areas with over 276 affected households will have the cap imposed: Chiefly the remaining London boroughs, along with high-rent areas in other cities around the country.

    We have been fighting the cap, download our resources to use in your own local actions, read news about our local fight.

    In the last few months, Haringey Solidarity Group and Haringey Housing Action Group have been getting information out to people who are likely to be affected. We've distributed over 5,000 leaflets at schools, job centres and the council's customer service centres. Now that this has gone national, we would like to encourage others, from around the country, to turn this into a national struggle.

  • 1000 Mothers March for Justice - Sat 29 Mar, 11am

    with families, carers & supporters
    11am, Saturday 29th March 2014
    Assemble at Bruce Castle Park,
    Lordship Lane N17 8NU

    Move off 11.30 – march down Tottenham High Road to Tottenham Green East, N15 4UR for a

    PUBLIC SPEAK-OUT
    1000 Mothers March 2013
    Follow up meeting; Haringey benefit claimants and supporters
    11 am – 1 pm Saturday 12th April
    North London Community House, 22 Moorefields Rd, N17 6PY

    MOTHERS OF LONDON SAY

    MARCH TO DEMAND

    living incomes and decent, affordable homes to rent or buy for waged & unwaged

    MARCH TO REJECT

    bedroom tax, housing benefit caps, unfair taxes, hunger and cold homes – austerity hurts vulnerable people, the rich get richer

  • 28 days later... We still want to Scrap the Benefit Cap - protest Tues 14 May, Apex Hse, Tottenham

    When the government launched its benefit cap trial in four London boroughs last month, Haringey Housing Action Group, Haringey Solidarity Group and others were at the DWP office in Stratford on 15th April to protest against the cap and to call for it to be scrapped.


    28 days later, with the effects of the cap beginning to kick in, we will be outside Apex House on Seven Sisters Road to maintain our opposition to a policy that will only serve to increase poverty and break up communities. Join us!

    Cap Rents not Benefits - Scrap the Benefit Cap
    Tuesday 14th May, 9am, Haringey Council, Apex House, 820 Seven Sisters Road, N15 5PQ

  • No Evictions! Protest at Genesis HA, Thurs 9 May, 8am

    No Evictions!  Cut Rents Not Benefits
    Protest : Thursday 9th May, 8am, at Genesis Housing Association Head Office
    Capital House, 25 Chapel Street, London, NW1 5DT (next to Edgware Rd tube, circle Line exit)

    With the pilot of the Government's benefit cap starting in four London boroughs on April 15, Genesis Housing Association wasted no time in threatening affected tenants with eviction. In fact, the trial had not even begun when they informed 57 residents in temporary accommodation that with the cap set at £350 for single people and £500 for families, that they "may not be able to afford the rent we charge" and that "Genesis will now need to start legal proceedings to obtain a Possession Order on the property as we may need to terminate our lease with the property owner early."

  • Report of Protest at Genesis HQ

    On Thursday 10 May, over 15 people from Haringey and Brent travelled to Edgware Road to hold a protest outside the main offices of Genesis Housing Association - a major social landlord in the borough. 

    In April, the Conservative-Liberal coalition trialed a benefit cap on 4 London boroughs, one of which is Haringey.  This has slashed the amount of benefits that the poorest in our borough can claim - meaning less money to spend on children, food, clothing and rent. 

    Genesis had recently sent out letters to 57 Haringey residents, informing them that they were beginning court proceedings to evict them, because the tenants were affected by these welfare reforms.

  • Rising against the Benefit Cap video - part 3

  • Scrap the Cap! Resisting the Government's Benefit Cap

    Haringey, Enfield, Bromley and Croydon have been chosen by the government to be used as a testing ground for their Overall Benefit Cap. People living with three or more dependent children will be most likely to be affected, facing cuts in housing benefit of up to £400 a week. But it will affect many others too.  What can you do if you are affected, and what can we all do to resist this attack on our community?

  • Welfare Action Gathering - Sat 15 Feb

    Come to an info and skill-sharing day in London on 15 February, 10.45am-5.30pm, Maiden Lane Community Centre near Kings Cross. Directions here.

    Getting your welfare rights is about a lot more than just knowing your welfare rights. Across the UK, people are getting together to support each other and pushing back workfare, standing up to sanctions, wrong decisions, and insecure housing.

    Meet others from across the UK, hear inspiring stories, learn info about our rights and share tactics that work. This isn’t a day for speakers from the front. Party political representatives aren’t invited. It’s about people at the grassroots getting together and working out how we can support each other and throw even more spanners in the government’s plans!

    If you are in a local group where people share mutual support on welfare or housing (or plan to start one), Boycott Workfare should be able to help with your travel costs. Please get in touch as soon as you can so we can sort it out.

    Planning on coming? There’ll be tea, coffee and a free lunch! Please let us know you’re coming so we know how many people to cook for!

    Want to know what to expect? Check out the agenda here. There’s an open space session in the afternoon if you’d like to offer a workshop too!