• Build 1st on Druids Heath
    Druids Heath and Monyhull Forum have been campaigning for Build First since September 2020 with their first successful event with residents demonstrating just how much space there is in Druids Heath that can be built on. As well as Druids Heath having lots of space where houses can be built, the technology is available to build those houses quickly that have low or no heat costs, saving residents the dilemma between eat or heat. Build 1St adds to social housing instead of taking it away as Birmingham City Council currently are, making Birmingham a better city to live in with less homelessness. Build 1ST avoids adding to the 15000+ households currently on Birmingham City Council’s social housing waiting list and worsening what is already a national housing crisis. Build 1St keeps the community together and reduces the huge social prescribing costs that come with the current clearance process, saving the city money. Build 1St means children don’t need to move school unnecessarily, losing friends and affecting their education. Build First means residents are guaranteed to move to a decent clean home, not a substandard neglected property that many residents have been offered or found themselves in, that may be worse than the flat they have left. Sign the petition in support of Build First - The Logical Choice. Support yourself, Support Druids Heath, Support Birmingham.
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  • Brighton & Hove City Council STOP SELLING OUR LAND
    Background information: Our land - We are concerned about how our Council is managing its most valuable asset, public land. There is a growing danger that it may consider disposing of land for short-term benefit, without full consideration of how it may solve the City’s long-term problems. A major ongoing issue being the shortage of suitable housing for local people. Housing costs and incomes Sussex Live reported in May 2021, using Government data, that rent payments take up nearly 47% of income for those who live in Brighton. This is now ahead of London. In addition, too many people are trapped in emergency and temporary accommodation, and this is more than likely to increase if we do not act now. Consequences of bad housing: - There is a growing awareness of the web of knock-on effects due to inadequate housing, including malnutrition, drink and drug abuse, domestic violence/abuse, child poverty, mental & physical health issues. The resolution of these issues is becoming increasingly difficult for local Councils to resolve, and we are seeing long established safety nets gradually being removed. Social housing – the solution – We cannot fail to be aware of the importance of decent, sustainable social housing as a means of improving people’s lives, thus enabling our Councils to use their resources more effectively. This view is supported by every major housing and homeless charity in the UK , who have agreed that building more suitable homes is the only answer to the Homeless crisis. Many more Council Homes - We must, therefore, use our publicly owned land to build council homes. UK Central Government has allocated £10 billion to build social/council homes. Both Conservative and Labour Parties have accepted the latest report prepared by "The Kerslake Commission" and both parties have agreed to build a minimum 90,000 council homes a year. The Green Party in our city have always supported community house building and to build homes fit to live in for decades to come. Action required - So, with these facts in mind, we can see no justification or excuse for the Council trying to sell off our land for ineffective private development. This must be used for building much-needed Social Homes. We the public, as owners of this land, must tell our elected Councillors to protect it from being sold off or tied up in long leases, often at nominal prices and allow it to be used for the benefit of our communities. Please sign and share this petition and get your friends (and friend’s friends!) to do the same. If you can’t sign this, you may be part of the problem!
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  • Years worth of successful rental payments in place of mortgage deposit.
    It’s important because whilst the price of everything is going up, incomes and salaries are not going up at the same pace. It is getting harder and harder for young people to get onto the property ladder all whilst there is a shortage in rental accommodation. Making it possible for people to get onto the property ladder by proving they can pay a larger amount every month successfully through rent, would improve so many peoples quality of life.
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    Created by Ellie Lewis-Wood
  • End the Secrecy: Full Transparency for all HHGE Service Charges
    (1) Over the last 10 years over £3 million+ been spent on the upkeep of the common parts of the Hanger Hill Garden Estate Flats Hanger whilst the fabric of the buildings and the gardens has steadily deteriorated. (2) We want to know where the money was spent by whom and on what ?
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  • Lambeth Council Fix our Homes Now!
    Our estate has a conservation order yet is being left to rot. Repairs are not being undertaken or not being done to a satisfactory standard. Tenants are struggling with rising costs to heat their homes due to sub-standard windows. We have large cracks, with often crumbling plaster and leaks in our homes due to structural damage. We were promised new kitchens, bathrooms and windows more than twelve years ago but these have not materialised. All of these are affecting our mental heath, our physical well being and cost us extra money in bills every month. Please sign this petition so that Lambeth Council see how many people this issue effects.
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    Created by Residents of Leigham Court Estate
    It was not by the “authority” of the Housing Ombudsman; of which I am sure - most if not all of the tenants in the recent and shameful scandal over disrepair and living conditions (deemed adequate and suitable) will have happily been directed to by the relevant Housing Association’s that came under scrutiny; but rather it took exposure to damning Public outcry, vilification, shaming, and the WEIGHT of the gathering, and unfavourable Press to compel these deafened and autocratic Housing Associations to un-trench themselves, and act with decency; eventually withdrawing and retracting THEIR OWN shameful “self-determinations”. Equally NO politician, or local MP forced them to address this long-standing and indolent contradiction prior to this. Being unlikely to be victims in their OWN properties of mould (exacerbating health conditions), damp, fire hazard, and electrical disrepair; and not being subjected to living in these conditions (or similar) on a daily basis, - indolently encouraging YOU, to be patient, in THEIR enquiries, in absence of any degree of empathy, urgency, or understanding appearing to be forthcoming. In the absence of any impetus, enthusiasm, or motivation from our elected officials; our “representatives” indolently deeming the current framework for dispute resolution (the “broken” system that WE are THE VICTIMS of any failures or shortcomings in) as “adequate” and “fit for purpose”; out of a need for MORE robust, balanced, and EQUAL representation, and in the absence of any consideration, or concern on this matter being extended by our locally elected officials and MP’s. I urge and encourage ALL Housing Association tenants that have been, or remain dissatisfied with their treatment and experience from their Housing Association; frustrated and fed-up with the lack of interest or concern demonstrated by paid and elected officials expected to represent and look after OUR interests, to take this opportunity to rally together, make a difference to your treatment, – as vulnerable cash cows having no secure tenure, and sign my on-line petition for this long-overdue housing reform; add your voice (your tenancy), and rebuke your treatment, we need 100,000 signatures to bypass our MPs ourselves, and our struggle to be finally taken notice of and debated in Parliament, calling for the IMMEDIATE forming of a STATUTORY body to represent OUR interests - the average tenant. https://twitter.com/letdownbyMPs https://www.facebook.com/groups/593643284935407
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  • Close the holiday let tax loophole
    I feel privileged to live in Plymouth. It's by the sea, has amazing beauty spots, Dartmoor is close by and the nightlife, pre-covid, was phenomenal. It is one of the UK's top tourist destinations. Unfortunately Plymouth's advantages can also be a disadvantage for its residents. I lived in my last flat for 5 years. The rent was affordable and it was close to the city centre – but was not in a great state of repair. When I complained to my landlord about the broken boiler and asked him to make repairs to his property, he threatened to evict me. One day a Section 21 notice arrived for me and the other tenants in the building, meaning we had to move out. The landlord said he was selling up because he did not want to be a landlord anymore. But a few months later, I discovered he had turned the building into an AirBnB. I found pictures online of my old flat which he had renovated and done up to perfection. My neighbours and I are not the only ones this has happened to. Plymouth has become a city of holiday lets. Cornwall has 62 homes to rent on Rightmove but 10,290 AirBnB listings. In one village in Wales, three quarters of the houses are holiday homes. Fewer homes available for residents mean higher rents, and people being priced out of their local areas in search of a home. That erodes local communities and starves local businesses of workers. The only people who benefit are the landlords. One cause of this is mortgage tax relief, which holiday-let landlords are entitled to but private rental landlords are not. It is saving holiday-let landlords potentially thousands of pounds every year, and actively dissuading them from renting their houses out to locals. After all, why rent to actual residents when the government has made it cheaper to let out holiday accommodation? We need a level playing field so that the local areas enjoy the right balance between holiday lets and homes people want to live in. By removing mortgage interest relief from holiday lets, more property owners will make their homes available to people who need somewhere to live. This will reduce rents, stop people being priced out, and make sure communities in tourist hotspots benefit.
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  • Fix the Building Safety Crisis NOW!
    Leaseholders and tenants across the UK are facing bankruptcy and eviction because of fire safety issues we did not cause, and have no control over fixing. Our homes were not built to be safe from fire, and to add insult to injury, leaseholders are picking up the bill. The strain this is having on our mental health is immense; we’re feeling angry, hopeless, helpless and trapped. Who is responsible? Cladding manufacturers who falsified fire safety tests, construction companies cutting corners and ineffective Government regulations. They must all be held to account. Boris Johnson must recognise that our safety comes before profit. The Government must force developers to make our homes safe, before any more new homes are built and protect leaseholders from all fire remediation costs.
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  • HMO-NO
    Its been 15 years since the arrival of the housing act and HMO-NO believes it’s time for a change. Students are being exploited by overpriced poor quality housing
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  • Abolish the Bedroom Tax
    The tax reduces the amount of housing benefits a household receives depending on how many spare bedrooms their house has. This is a problem as it is increasing poverty and leading to people getting forcibly evicted from their homes as they are unable to pay rent. in Leeds alone, 101 households who moved into new social housing had left their previous residents due to this bill. With the reduction of benefits, they were unable to pay their rent and support their families, so they ended up getting evicted from their properties.
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  • Increase and maintain the support for the homeless after COVID
    The COVID pandemic has meant that the issues regarding homelessness have been in the spotlight, and therefore, it has been more important to address them during a time of need. The problem is that it has taken such a pandemic to take action, once COVID has become apart of the past what is it to say that homelessness will lose its funding and attention. Both the unemployed and homeless people face the return back to the streets of the UK when there is less priority to keep those vulnerable safe from such virus. This is why it is important to sustain the level of support that has been given over the past year, and to possibly increase it in order to meet the 2024 goals of eradicating homelessness.
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  • Spread Awareness of Rural Homelessness
    Rural homelessness has doubled in the last 2 years and the sharp increase is now greater than in our towns and cities More investment and publicity is needed for rural housing services to reduce these growing figures.
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    Created by Ellen Jay