The best guarantee of lots of secure, genuinely affordable rented social housing will be to properly finance Council Housing – not mixed tenure Private/Housing Association developments – to let Local Authorities benefit directly from rental income on their land assets.
Council rents are currently siphoned off into the general pot of Local Authority income. Read more about the case for the financial viability of building and maintaining Council Housing here, in the 2008 DCH housing finance submission
The last Labour government under Tony Blair set about selling off and or demolishing huge council estates all over the UK, diminishing the role of Local Authorities in the provision of housing, creating ‘opportunities’ for private developers. That trend is continuing apace under the Lib-Con coalition.
Defend Council Housing is a cross-party national campaign,
currently orchestrating opposition to the latest Lib-Con coalition ‘Bedroom Tax’ policy, and to threats to increase rents to 80% of average market rents, and end secure tenancies.
The target of Defend Council Housing is to provide Genuinely Affordable Housing and the chance for all to make and enjoy a quality rented home for life.
SOUTHWARK DEFEND COUNCIL HOUSING
are a local campaign group who meet regularly
Monthly meetings 2014 will all be held on the last Tuesday of the month at 7pm at the parish office of St John’s Church 18a Larcom Street, SE17 1NQ: 24 June, 29 July, 26 August (provisional), 30 September, 28 October, 25 November.
Please contact SDCH secretary George Grime <email@example.com>
for further details of the next meeting
And visit this jam-packed website for resources and information, and links to the latest news articles on housing issues around the country: Defend Council Housing