• Stop Estate Demolitions! Lobby the Full Council Meeting

    Tottenham Town Hall, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham, London N15 4RY
    6.30pm, Monday 9 June
    Bring your neighbours and friends

    Tenants and residents are objecting to Haringey Council's planned 'estate reviews', to sell off, demolish and redevelop many of our Council housing estates around the borough [*See details at the end]. There have already been large residents' meetings on some of the estates and people are saying 'We Will Not Be Moved!'.

    Please come along to this important Lobby. Your family, friends and neighbours are all welcome. Let's put our case to the newly elected-Councillors, and speak out about the future of Haringey.

  • 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."

  • Radical Housing Weekender - 26-27 April

    The Weekender is on the 26th and 27th April. It’s a collaboration among groups from across London, who work on a whole range of housing issues including private renting, access to welfare, squatting, co-operatives and social housing.

    The housing crisis grows steadily deeper, and yet those is power fail to take the necessary action to secure the future of the city. This weekend will bring people together to build a movement of practical solidarity, to resist social cleansing and reclaim the city for the people who live here.

     

    It’s set to be an action-packed two days. On Saturday 26th, there are events planned all round London, organised by local groups who are in the Radical Housing Network. Events are set to take place in Lewisham, Lambeth, Brent, Camden, Hackney and Haringey, and include films, info-stalls, discussions, games, and actions. If you’d like to get involved in your area, or if you’d like to propose something in an area that’s not already covered, get in touch!

    On Sunday 27th, we’ll all come together in central London, for a day of discussion, action planning and strategising. The day will include:

    Action planning and preparation – we will be building for a mass action in the week after the event

    Organising against the crisis: How can we work together to build a stronger housing movement?

    Alternatives: co-ops, self-builds, neighbourhood plans and more

    Speakers including Danny Dorling (author of All that is Solid) and Liz Davies (Haldane Society)

    Media training for housing and gentrification action groups

    Legal advice surgery and training on providing legal support

    Tea, cake (hopefully), chat

    For up-to-date information, please see theevent page and follow @radicalhousing for updates.

     

  • 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

  • Rough Sleeping Is Not A Crime

    Over the last few months, the police and Home Office have been systematically arresting, detaining and deporting European Economic Area (EEA) national rough sleepers. 

    In May last year, the Government adopted the legally dubious position that rough-sleeping is an “abuse” of EU Citizens’ right to freedom of movement”.  The “abuse of right” law is intended to allow the deportation of EU citizens convicted of crimes, but the Government is using it to crack down on migrant rough sleepers who’ve committed no crime.

    Cash-strapped local councils are being bribed to support these actions through access to a new pot of money - the Controlling Migration Fund - available to councils that identify rough sleepers to the Home Office or bully homeless migrants into returning home voluntarily. 

    Homelessness Is Not A Crime

    Over half of the rough-sleepers in London are migrants.  This is largely because of unfair laws that restrict migrants’ ability to claim benefits.  As such, people who have lived, worked and paid tax in the UK for years can find themselves homeless with no safety net.

    Even when councils have a legal duty to house migrants (such as when they have children), they do all they can to wriggle out of it - in one case claiming that a mother and her children had a “network” they could rely on because she was staying with a stranger she’d met at the bus stop. 

    They end up in a Catch-22 situation - unable to pay their rent, but being faced with arrest and deportation if sleeping rough.

  • The Great Housing Swindle

    Years ago, Margaret Thatcher got elected. Her and her gang nicknamed 'The Tories' conned loads of us to buy our council houses.

    At the time people said, “Don’t do it, it’s a con”. Yet many fell for it. Some wanted to make a quick buck. Others saw it as “protecting” their housing security. Not trusting local authorities, buying seemed the best option. When huge repair bills arrived and interest rates hit the roof, many were evicted for mortgage arrears or left with huge debt.

    Now, these homeowners who took housing out of the council’s stock are again realising they were conned by 'The Tories'.

    Image: Homes for all demonstration