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Energy Rights Workshop

Posted: July 5, 2014 by lambethsaveourservices in Housing
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Reposted from Housing Action for Southwark and Lambeth

Join HASL and Fuel Poverty Action on Tuesday 8th July, 6.30pm at Art Nouveau, 77 Atlantic Road, Brixton, SW9 8PU to learn about our energy rights, how we can enforce these, and how we can take action together for warm homes for all.

It’s summer – but people are struggling to pay rip-off energy bills year round and with winter around the corner, it’s a good time to get clued up on our rights, how we can support each other with our energy issues, and discuss what action we can take together to combat fuel poverty in our communities. A recent article in a Glasgow newspaper showed that people visiting the local food bank were using camping stoves indoors to cook food because they couldn’t afford their gas and electric bills. People cannot afford to cook their food and lives are endangered as people resort to desperate measures such as camping stoves to get warm food.

Please find our poster below and spread the word!

hasl poster

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Reposted from Lambeth Housing Activists

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Picture credit Urban75

The Guinness Trust is redeveloping its Brixton estate. Residents of the existing estate will be rehoused in new (smaller) flats, but those with Assured Shorthold Tenancies will be thrown out of their existing homes with no guarantee of rehousing by the Guinness Trust

Lambeth Housing Activists will be holding a protest this Friday to demand the Assured Shorthold Tenants are rehoused when the estate is redeveloped

Protest – Rehouse Guinness’ Shorthold Tenants
Friday 4th July, 3:30pm
Outside the Housing Office on the Guinness Trust estate, off Loughborough Road, SW9 8NL

Lambeth Housing Activists will be leafleting the estate to try to get support for this protest.

Leafletting – Support the Shorthold Tenants
Tuesday 1st July, from 5:45pm
Meet outside the Housing Office on the Guinness Trust estate

(if you’re running late ring Bill on 07412 699423)

Reposted from Lambeth Housing Activists

Housing Activists Film Night
Saturday 26th April, 7:30pm
St Matthew’s Tenants Hall, 10 St Matthews Road, Brixton, SW2 1NH
Let us know you’re coming on facebook

A night of films celebrating the struggle for decent housing in our communities (part of the Radical Housing Weekender).

As the housing crisis in the capital deepens – with homelessness on the rise, one in ten London homes overcrowded, rents far outstripping earnings, and private landlords running amok – join us at St. Matthew’s Tenants Hall for a reminder of what can be achieved through collective action against these problems.

We will be showing a series of short films which give an insight into housing activism, past and present, and aim to provide acknowledgement and encouragement both to those who are precariously housed and those fighting to combat this social ill.

The films will show contemporary projects, such as the campaign to save and expand social housing in Cressingham Gardens, and inspirational historical examples, such as the co-operative living spaces established by the Brixton Faeries in the 1970s.

In addition to the short film screenings, there will be an opportunity to hear from activists and local residents and, most importantly, for discussion. There will be people from a number of different housing campaigning organizations in Brixton the E15 mothers a group of 29 young mothers organising’ to stop the hostel they live in being closed are coming to say a bit about their campaign. We will more during the week.

The films should be interesting but just as important is the opportunity for us all to spend some time socializing and having fun.

There are drinks at the bar.

Support a HASL Member affected by the Bedroom Tax

Posted: April 18, 2014 by lambethsaveourservices in Demonstrate, Rally & Occupy!, Housing
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Reposted from Housing Action for Southwark and Lambeth

Come and show support for a HASL member’s bedroom tax refund. We’ve had enough of being messed around by the housing office!

Join us on Friday 25th April, 11:50am meeting outside Brixton Customer Centre, Olive Morris House, Brixton Hill. Bring friends, family, neighbours!

Ellen is due a refund of the bedroom tax that she has been forced to pay for a year now, as she meets the criteria for the bedroom tax loophole. However, the housing office have not been all that helpful in getting this refund back to her.

The housing office have taken over a month to respond to our appeal letter and we only received the unfavourable response after chasing them up about this. The response gave very little detail or evidence of why this negative decision had been made.

The bedroom tax (one of many brutal welfare and housing cuts) is causing great hardship to the hundreds of thousands of people it is affecting. The refund offers a tiny respite from this stress and suffering by returning a small sum of money that should never have been taken off of them in the first place. It takes little effort from the council and will make a huge different to the people who receive it.

Join us to make our challenge at the housing office to demand the bedroom tax refund for Ellen and that our dealings with the housing office to be met with more respect.

Axe the Bedroom Tax

Posted: April 13, 2014 by lambethsaveourservices in Housing, Media attention
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Lambeth Save Our Services was one of 25 organisations who signed this letter that was published in last week’s South London Press

SLP letter

Reposted from Housing Action for Southwark and Lambeth

Protest – No To Clapham Park Evictions
Monday 31st March, 11.30 am
Clapham Park Offices, 91 New Park Road, SW2 4AX

Organised by Lambeth Housing Activists

What would you do if suddenly you and your family were forced out of your home after three years? Would you allow landlords to kick you down and let the council leave you to rot in temporary accommodation miles from your community? Would you stand up? Then stand up with us too!

Join us and Lambeth Housing Activists to support a recently evicted tenant to make a public complaint to Metropolitan Homes and Lambeth Council – we ask, why should a family be evicted from their home and yet the flat remains empty? Why is there a shortage of quality, secure, and truly affordable housing in Lambeth?

What are the priorities of this council and these landlords? Housing for homes, not as assets! Stop the gentrification of Brixton!

[UPDATE: Metropolitan backed down on 4th April and agreed to rehouse Ester in Clapham Park. More details here. Thanks to everyone who supported the campaign]

SLP letters

Earlier this month the Lambeth United Housing Co-operative organised a photo call in defence of their housing co-ops. This event was extensively covered by last week’s local press. We’ve now received several follow up letters in this week’s South London Press. Congratulations to the Lambeth United Housing Co-operative for getting such good publicity

SLP

Congratulations to the Lambeth United Housing Cooperative for organising such a good photo call of celebrities and local supporters last Wednesday. The turnout was good and the media attention was great, with a half page article in the South London Press.

The campaign also got on the BBC, in particular:

  • The campaign was mentioned frequently on BBC Radio London News. See for example, this link to the drive time program, about 1hr 8 minutes in (link expires on 12th March)
  • The campaign got an article on the BBC news website, see here
  • Various other local news outlets covered the story, including South London Guardian and This is Local London

    These articles raise some important issues. There’s a post on the Lambeth United Housing Co-operative website to discuss them.

    Thanks to everyone for making this day such a success.

    We got a quote on the front page of this month’s Brixton Bugle

    Brixton Bugle

    The quote mentions the short life housing coops the council are trying to sell off. If the council do sell all of them it will be bad but we do have the power to stop it. Please come to the photo call on Wednesday 5th March to show your opposition to selling social housing and support for genuinely affordable accommodation for all

    Stop Asset Stripping
    Photo call – Don’t Evict Martiza – Stop selling social housing in Lambeth!
    Wednesday 5th March, 11am
    22 Lillieshall Road, London SW4

    With Maggi Hambling, Kate Hoey MP, Mark Thomas and Vivienne Westwood
    All welcome – please come and show your support for social housing

    (Note: There’s a “spin off” photo call at 10am on Wednesday. If people can make the 10am and 11am photo call at Lillieshall Road that would be great, but if you if you can’t make both, prioritise the 11am photo op)

    On Wednesday 5th March Lambeth residents and campaigners, including designer and activist Vivienne Westwood, comedian and activist Mark Thomas, artist Maggi Hambling and Kate Hoey MP, will meet in Lillieshall Road, London SW4 to protest against Lambeth Council’s sale of long-standing housing co-operatives.

    All those gathered for this photo op have pledged to defend residents of these housing co-ops against evictions, and have stated: “We will stand with housing co-op residents when they refuse to leave their home, if Lambeth go through with their threat to send bailiffs to evict them”

    You can make this pledge too. If you’d like to do so please contact Lambeth Housing Activists

    More details on Maritza’s case is here

    Can everyone please join us to show their support for Maritza and for the Lambeth United Housing Coop. It is really important we show how determined we are to campaign. We’ve supported the Lambeth Housing Cooperative before and we stopped the eviction of Jimmy Rogers from his housing coop due to public pressure, we can do the same for Maritza too.