The Housing and Planning Act was passed in parliament last month, threatening to make the housing crisis much worse for millions of people. The government pushed ahead despite objections from tenant, housing and homeless groups, local authorities, academics, trade unions, faith leaders and community organisations.
The new law will drive up rents, end secure tenancies, break up families, push people into poverty, destroy communities, give more power and profit to developers. After years of not building many council homes, the planning elements of the act will also enable more widespread demolitions of affordable social housing estates and reduce democratic local control of planning decisions.
The new law will not come into effect before April 2017, and many of the new measures require further votes in parliament and are likely to be resisted. There is still time to fight.
There will be a national demonstration over housing on 18 June. 10,000 people attended the last one in March. Let’s make this even bigger.
More info: www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk