• Guarantee the future of our independent tenants’ movement in Southwark
    The tenant’s movement in Southwark will exist in name only if we are reliant on Southwark councillors to approve our funding. At a time when Southwark is undergoing unprecedented levels of regeneration such as in the Old Kent Road, and when Labour have a massive majority on the council, this seems like a blatant attempt to silence all potential critics of council plans. The tenants’ movement in Southwark – our Tenants and Residents Associations (TRAs), our Area Forums, our Tenants’ and Leaseholders’ Councils and our tenants federation (the SGTO) – all play a vital role in holding Southwark Council to account. Southwark Council is our landlord and we need the freedom to criticise them when necessary and to campaign on behalf of residents without fear of having our funding withdrawn. The recommendation to change the funding structure is part of a raft of attacks on tenants which came from the Resident Involvement Panel - a panel of handpicked individual residents and paid employees of the council which was set up without the involvement of any existing tenant organisations. This whole process was a sham and Southwark Labour should immediately reassure Southwark residents that they will reject these recommendations. We demand our right to have access to our own money, to fund our own representative organisations, and to have our voices heard.
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  • Saving Our Shelter
    We are currently in occupation of 169 Church Street, Eccles, Salford, M30 0LU. We are working alongside Salford Unemployment and Community Resource Centre and the Broughton Trust to use the building to house the homeless and help them get back on their feet. The building has been empty for many years yet they want to kick 15 to 20 homeless people out onto the street and leave the building yet again empty. We are willing to give them rent too. Please help by signing our petition to let us stay. If they kick us out that will mean 3 people we have just got employment will end up back on the streets. 4 people we have just got on courses will also be on the streets too. The rest of the homeless we are helping to get back on their feet will also be on the streets.
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  • Help To Abolish Bedroom Tax
    We are expected to pay the Spare Room Subsidy (Bedroom Tax) if we have a spare bedroom in the property that we rent. This means that people renting social housing, who often have the lowest incomes, are expected to live in a property which has only one bedroom per occupant, with children of the same birth sex being forced to share a bedroom until they are 16 years old. I am a transsexual man. I pay bedroom tax so my two daughters can have separate bedrooms and personal space as they go through the awkward teenage years. It is a huge insult to me that I am given equal human rights as a transsexual but that I have to pay a tax because of my children's sex. We initially had to move out of a three bedroom property when the tax was introduced, which caused us great distress and placed me into debt. The smaller property that we moved into suffered rising damp and we lost many possessions and furniture due to the poor quality of this cheap housing. Once some of my debt was paid, I changed the way our income was spent and we were able to move to a much better property but are paying bedroom tax again and I am in financial debt again. If this petition gains enough signatures, I risk loosing my privacy as a trans man. However, as my children get older, as they move out and start their adult lives- I still have to pay the bedroom tax, which means that I'll have to move house yet again. I find myself in debt every time this happens. It stops me from having any security with housing. If I have a job in one place and have to move again because I can't afford the bedroom tax, I can potentially loose my job. Any consistency I could create with a solid, long-term address is destroyed. I have been unable to maintain strong social connections because of changing address and since I have to focus my low income on our basic needs, I cannot support local business as much as I'd like to. Every time I move I need to refurnish our home, meaning that our situation never upgrades. It's a fight for some people to maintain basic needs at all. Moving home can force children into attending a different school. With children of different ages, as the eldest moves out, the younger siblings may have to move house so the family can avoid bedroom tax, which could damage their education. My children deserve a good solid foundation in life so they can have a great start as young adults, and adults like myself have the right to a secure lifestyle. Please sign this petition, the end of Bedroom Tax can only be beneficial to all of us. Window Tax was repealed in Britain in 1851. To this day we see old properties with bricked up windows, as a result of residents avoiding tax. It is a cruelty to force us into moving home to avoid this current Bedroom Tax. Please sign this petition and make the British Government see what a mistake they are making by continuing to enforce the Spare Room Subsidy.
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  • True recording of homeless deaths
    2,627 people have died homeless in the last five years - but the true figure is much higher.
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  • ‘Weekly Payment Now’ on Universal Credit
    The current design of Universal Credit is one of the evils of our age. The design of Universal Credit was supposed to make it easier for people on benefits to move into employment. A key feature is that it is paid monthly and wraps all benefits into one payment including rent. There is a huge problem with paying benefits monthly. Because of the often chaotic nature of the finances of people on benefits, most poor people run out of money long before the month end. The result is that children go hungry for days, even weeks at a time and food banks proliferate. Moreover paying claimants the money needed for their rent, which they are supposed to pass on is folly. 73% of Universal Credit claimants are now in arrears on their rent, this is causing real strain on housing associations. Basically housing associations and landlords have become the lender of last resort to those on Universal Credit. But there is a sensible quick fix that will make Universal Credit work. It is repackaging an old idea. Pass a law that anyone in employment paid under £20,000 pa has the right to be paid weekly. Admittedly that will cause a short term cash flow issue for many employers. But that could easily be overcome if the Government lent every employer the right amount of money to move people to weekly pay. They already know all this information due to the HMRC real time submissions that employers are obliged to make to HMRC any time any payment is made to any employee. It would be dead simple to work out exactly the cash flow shortfall an employer would face, this could be advanced as a Tax and NI Credit and it could be repaid over an agreed period again by an adjustment to the amount of Tax and NI an employer has to make. Then simply, pay Universal Credit weekly and pay any rent element direct to the housing association or landlord. Then insist that ATMs and point of sale equipment in the supermarkets use fingerprint recognition technology and give access to benefit accounts using the ID God has given us all. At a stoke of legislation this would reduce the problem of running out of money for too long. Basically claimants are likely to be able to budget better on a weekly basis and if they make a mistake like drinking too much it only impacts their family for a week and not a whole month. So join me in asking Parliament to pass legislation to achieve this. It is so simple and sensible that it is quite remarkable that it has never been suggested. Adrian Hill
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  • Permission to have a guide dog pen in communal area of flats
    I am registered severely sighted and have a Guide Dog whom will soon be a match but have no garden or outside space.
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  • No more leaks! - Recognise ACORN tenants' union at Emperor Court
    Open letter to the people of Birmingham Mohammed JJ Khan is well-known to all in the Stirchley community as the proud owner of the distinctive £7,500 statue of a begging gorilla that sits above JJ’s Flooring Services. We, the families of Emperor Court, also live above JJ’s Flooring Services. We want the people of Birmingham to know that as the owner of the building that we live in, JJ is the one with his hand out, happy to collect rent money, and turning his back on us by refusing to discuss urgent health and safety issues. The building has let in the rain for years, and as a result our flats are damp and mouldy. Like Scrooge, unwilling to spend, JJ has resisted all efforts so far to get him to properly fix this problem. Some of our neighbours have had to move out as their children have been made ill. Unable to bear these shameful conditions any longer, we have joined the renters’ union ACORN, who now represent all families in Emperor Court. JJ has brought in a block management company to look after the building, Bright Willis. Both he and the block management company refuse to speak with ACORN, saying they will only talk to our individual landlords. Our asks are absolutely reasonable. As the people having to live in these wet conditions, speaking with one voice, we demand that JJ and Bright Willis recognise our union ACORN and meet with us regularly to ensure that our homes are maintained according to his legal obligation as freeholder. If you agree with us, then please sign our online letter of support, or why not tell JJ directly what you think? Thank you!
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  • Support Trussell Trust proposed fix of Universal Credit
    Because Universal Credit is driving up demand for foodbanks ---- This petition is being run by a Member of Parliament - 38 Degrees is independent of all political parties.
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  • Stop Tony from being moved from his home
    Tony has Downs syndrome and is partially sighted with no sense of direction. Our mother Margaret passed away recently. He has lived in the house all his life, and he has the support of the local community to keep him safe. Our Mother was his carer; I am now going to fill the large hole left by her passing and take care of him. I have offered to give up my tenancy in the same borough to move in and provide care for my brother. Due to the house having three bedrooms (Not large) one of which is used as his dependency room. We are being told that we can not stay at the property as it would be under-occupied by one room. The upheaval and loss would be detrimental to his health and well being.
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  • Provide emergency winter Shelter for homeless
    This year, 320,000 people were recorded as homeless in Britain, analysis from housing charity Shelter suggests. It is a rise of 13,000, or 4%, on last year's figures and equivalent to 36 new people becoming homeless every day. London has the highest rate of homelessness, but it is growing fastest in the Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, and north-west England, the analysis says. As the weather grows colder we need an emergency plan to provide shelter for as many people as possible through the winter. Utilising spaces such as empty offices. This is a national emergency as many lives are at immediate risk.
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  • Scrap universal credit
    It's important because people are being forced into universal credit disabled made fit to work and cant work people looseing their homes under universal credit people are committing suicide under universal credit children are going to school with empty stomachs under universal credit people are suffering please I am asking and the people are asking the European court to take action on the un profesor philip Alstons damming report against the conservatives our human rights are being breached and abused please we beg you to scrap universal credit now
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  • Open a new homeless shelter on Morley Street, Brighton
    The building will make a big advance towards ending rough sleeping in Brighton & Hove by 2020 and be self-financing with housing benefits and volunteers. The building at 1-2 Morley Street, known as 'PsychoSocial', is currently unoccupied, meaning it would be easy for the council to purchase. It is also in a great location, as it is close to an excellent health centre, thereby lightening the load on A&E at the hospital. We've had two major successes so far in improving and increasing the amount of night shelters for Brighton's homeless. First of all in 2017, we won a campaign for Brighton and Hove Council to commit to opening night shelters for rough sleepers. Then we won a campaign for Brighton and Hove Council to have shelters open 365 days a year. These achievements only cam after thousands of us signed a petition. Brighton Centre should be open this November (2018) but by the middle of winter users will have to relocate to other venues. Now, we need a permanent shelter for Brighton's homeless, and Morley Street is the perfect location.
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