Report from Summit and Campaign Dates

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Wed Dec 19 01:20:07 GMT 2018

-- Report from "Safe, Secure Homes for All" summit 8th December 2018

The 2018 summit was an important landmark in our 
on-going campaign to win safe, secure Homes for 
All.  About 180 people attended during the day, 
from a wide-range of places, campaigns and 
backgrounds.  We want to develop this broad-based 
alliance in the coming year.  2019 is bound to be 
one of political uncertainty.  But whatever 
happens, we won't allow the housing crisis ­ and 
the millions of people who are suffering because 
of it - to be forgotten.  If there's an election, 
we need to make sure housing is high on the agenda.

Key Campaign Points

The day included workshops, each of which agreed 
key campaign points which will form the basis of our demands next year.

Resisting Estate Demolitions
1.	The Right to Stay Put
2.	Fair Ballots
3.	Link up campaigns on different estates
4.	End two-tier tenancies
5.	No social or ethnic cleansing

Housing Associations (HAs)
1.	Accountability to residents
2.	Democratise HAs
3.	Direct government funding for new and existing homes
4.	More campaigning and protests

1.	No combustible or toxic cladding, internal or 
external, on homes of all heights, 
with  guaranteed protection from cold while cladding and insulation are off
2.	Sprinklers on all blocks above four storeys
3.	Government to pay for all essential safety works, as promised

Private Renters
1.	Charter of Rights to include:
2.	End Section 21 evictions
3.	Secure tenancies
4.	Stop overcrowding
5.	Rent controls

Universal Credit (UC)
1.	No evictions by councils due to rent arrears caused by UC
2.	Councils to call for same commitment from HAs
3.	Build a national network of support

Investing in Council Housing
1.	Government must adopt a national investment plan
2.	Tenants must make demands on council landlords 
through independent organisations

Campaign Dates

This Tuesday, 18th December, 12.30 at City Hall 
The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA ­ Islington 
Homes for All invite you to join them in a 
special Christmas Card delivery to the Mayor to 
remind the Mayor that, two years on, the Holloway 
Prison site remains empty while the housing 
crisis continues and street homelessness rises again.

3pm outside Pears Global, 33 Cavendish Square W1G 
0PW Berlin anti-gentrification campaigners 
protest against evictions and are asking for our 
support: 'tenants of the world unite!'

Saturday 12th January, 10am to 12pm, open Homes 
for All organising meeting, Unite offices Moreland Street, London, EC1V 8BB

12.30pm BBC Portland Place London, National 
demonstration: Britain is Broken - General 
Election Now!  We will meet with banners opposite 
new BBC entrance in Langham Place W1B 2QS

Tuesday 29th January, 6.30pm to 8pm, SHAC open 
meeting, Unite offices, 128 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TN

Saturday 30th March, Health and Housing 
conference (details to follow), Unite office, Moreland Street, London, EC1V 8BB


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