• Sadiq Khan– Ban Hostmaker ads on TFL
    Short term lets are spreading across London, taking homes away from local renters, preventing people from living in the communities where they grew up, and pushing up rents. Hostmaker’s distasteful tube ad is undermining the Mayor of London’s plans to make housing affordable in London, by encouraging landlords to kick out their tenants to create holiday homes. We want the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to ban Hostmaker ads from all Transport For London spaces Every day millions of people see these ads. Our Mayor-run transport infrastructure should be promoting organisations like Generation Rent and local renter unions, who are working to fix the housing crisis, rather than companies like Hostmaker who are actively making things worse.
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  • BHCC: Safely house a domestic abuse & Trafficking survivor
    About "Zara" "Zara" is a recovering survivor of both Domestic violence and trafficking perpetrated by her daughters father. She is a British national who approached Brighton and Hove city council as homeless following the decision to flee her previous address known to her perpetrator and the trafficking ring he is affiliated with, after being turned down by refuge. She presented with ten years worth of evidence including her perpetrators firearms convictions. Despite all this the council have advised they wish to make "Zara" and her baby intentionally homeless. This experience is not new to her; having been intermittently homeless for ten years as a result of her experiences, perpetuated by the systemic refusal to acknowledge domestic violence as a cause of homelessness, she is a veteran of being at the receiving end of local authority discrimination, minimization, denial and eradication of what she has been thorough and thus her plight for safe housing continues. "Zara" is not a solitary statistic. Across the board domestic violence and trafficking survivors are being denied safe housing upon fleeing. With refuges facing ever shrinking funding cuts and local authorities selling off housing stock, survivors are at the tail end of a regime that fails to address the risk posed to lives when refused the means to escape. A drastic reform is needed of the public sector for housing, starting with BHCC who currently have the highest number of women sleeping rough nationwide.
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  • Use Sleeper Units For Rough Sleepers
    The sleeper units will provide shelter, warmth & safety and allow frontline services to provide vital support plus help accommodate people into permanent homes and instead of letting people sleep rough due to lack of safe temporary accommodation
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  • Stop greedy landlords charging six-monthly student rent rises
    Many university students - especially in London - can only sign a six months' lease on a shared flat or house. And when the lease comes up for renewal at the end of the six months, they find that greedy private landlords have put the rent up. If they can't afford the new rent, they are forced to move on. Renting for students in this day and age is not a pretty process. My grand-daughter has been forced to move house three times in eighteen months, causing her considerable hassle and distress and financial loss for hiring a van to move her stuff. This is a frightening, destabilising and depressing process that no student should have to endure. Every university student should have the right to establish a secure home-away-from-home with their friends. Those of us parents and grandparents who have to watch our young people being taken advantage of by greedy landlords will not accept that this is the new norm. So, James Brokenshire, will you act now to stop this six-months'-lease scam and give every student the chance of at least a twelve-months secure tenancy?
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  • Hackney Council - don't force a family into a dangerously unsuitable hostel
    Hackney Council is trying to force Margaret into a hostel that is not fit for the needs of her family. Margaret's daughter and mother are both disabled and require 24/7 care, but this move will mean Margaret cannot care for them because of practical issues like rooms being far apart in the hostel. She would find it impossible to give them both the constant care they need. Margaret is in extreme distress. The shared kitchen in the hostel would also be dangerous given Margaret's daughters severe allergies. Margaret has been living in temporary accommodation in Homerton, for more than 3 years. The block of flats is due to be demolished and the council wants it cleared by the end of the month. The move would be extremely distressing for Margaret and her family. Hackney Council must promise not to force Margaret out of Marian Court until they can offer her permanent accommodation that meets her family's needs.
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    Despite the Housing Act 2004, there is still a recognised national shortfall in Gypsy and Traveller site pitches. This means that one in four Gypsies and Travellers are considered homeless because they do not have a legal place to park their home. Gypsies and Travellers are also often subjected to hostility due having to set up their own unauthorised encampments. Therefore, they are constantly receive racist abuse, threats, discrimination and bad media press, which can lead to high levels of anxiety and depression. However, at the heart of resolving these issues is the provision of adequate and appropriate sites for Gypsies and Travellers. As a result, every Gypsy and Traveller in the UK should have THE RIGHT TO A SITE!!
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  • Save Social Housing in England and Abolish the Right to Buy scheme
    With over 320,000 homeless people in 2018, and currently facing its biggest housing shortfall on record, the UK has to make changes to Housing Policy. The number of households without permanent residence and in temporary accommodation is expected to reach 100,000 by 2020, which will only change through the delivery of more social and affordable housing. Following the actions of Welsh and Scottish government, abolishing the Right to Buy scheme will prevent the further loss of social housing onto the private market and will provide Local Authorities the opportunity to reduce housing waiting lists by re-homing vulnerable families. Between 1980-2018, 1,952,500 social properties have been sold by Local Authorities in the UK yet rebuilding rates are catastrophically lower, due to lack of funding. This, along with figures to show that some London LA's have repurchased previously sold properties for 6 times the price of the originally RTB sale, shows that the Right to Buy scheme needs to be abolished for the sake of the people.
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  • Making Housing More Affordable
    The UK is embroiled in a housing crisis as there just aren't enough affordable homes to go around. Housing is a Basic need in society and for those who can't afford the increasing prices of housing, results in those being stuck in the private rented sector or being left homeless. The Office for National Statistics reports the average home in England cost an average of 7.8 times a full-time workers salary. The shortage of homes is causing prices in the UK to grow with the average price of a property up 4.2% to £224,144 making the average home unaffordable. Sign the petition to help us create more Affordable homes in the UK.
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  • Save Castle Mill Stream
    Castle Mill Stream is a poorly managed backwater of the Thames in Oxford, a stretch of which is owned by Network Rail, who have no use for the land. However, it currently provides a much-needed home for those who live and work in a city in the midst of a housing crisis. These individuals are currently under threat of eviction, and no promises have been made by any organisation to properly manage the area as residential moorings. Please show your support by signing this petition. To find out more, read our story below. ---- Our Story: We are five resident boaters at Castle Mill Stream that runs alongside the Oxford Canal in Jericho. One of us has lived here 19 years and three of us for 4-6 years. We have been informed that the stretch of bank we are moored on (from the south end of William Lucy Way to opposite Combe Road) belongs to Network Rail. For years they have ignored it, but under pressure from Oxford City Council they put up signs on February 12 and attached letters to our boats on February 21 warning of eviction. In a statement the City Council have welcomed their action, linking boats on Castle Mill Stream to a long list of anti-social behaviours which they say the area has seen "in recent years". They are presumably including a much wider area than where we are moored. Only one incident has occurred on this stretch in the last two years - the presumed arson of an uninhabited plastic boat this winter. The fire service put it out but no-one cleared up the mess until we took half a ton of debris from the burnt hull and from a sunken boat to the dump. We agree that Castle Mill Stream requires proper management to prevent a cycle of abandoned boats appearing. However, we believe that the area and surrounding community is better off for the presence of permanent residential moorings. Stationary live-aboard boats provide the area with individuals who have a vested interest in the safety and upkeep of this otherwise dark corner of central Oxford. Charging mooring fees will prevent boat abandonment and make any anti-social behaviour less likely. The City Council have talked about possible future moorings on this site, perhaps financed by Canal & River Trust, but we are sceptical about how long this could take. We therefore believe that these moorings are best managed by the boaters themselves. This would ensure the area does not fall into further disrepair and attract more abandoned boats while waiting for C&RT to take action. It would also keep moorings affordable, preventing any further strain on the housing situation in Oxford. Official sites such as the Hythe Bridge Arm and the Agenda 21 moorings in North Oxford began as unofficial moorings. We have formed ourselves into a non-profit company, have applied to Network Rail to buy the land, and are preparing a planning application for residential moorings, including floating pontoons, a water tap and a sewage disposal point, all to be financed by our mooring fees.
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  • Adopt the Homeless Bill of Rights for Brighton & Hove
    Brighton & Hove is in the top ten local authorities in the country for numbers of rough sleepers. These are just the ones you can see. There are thousands more people living in tents, cars, boats, hostels, and emergency and temporary accommodation. All people, homeless or not, are free and equal in dignity and rights. But in truth, rough sleepers are treated at best as a problem and at worst as a nuisance to be cleared away. The Homeless Bill of Rights (www.homelessrights.org.uk) tries to make human rights real for those of us who are unfortunate enough to be homeless, by giving them respect, dignity and help in their struggle to survive. The most important right is the right to housing; but at the very least no-one, ever, should be forced to sleep rough. It has been adopted by six European cities including Barcelona. We want Brighton & Hove to become the first British city to adopt the Homeless Bill of Rights.
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  • Stop housing developers segregating poorer children
    Children in London too poor to play outside with their friends? According to one housing developer - that’s the way it should be. A multi-million pound housing development in London is segregating children based on how much money their parents have. With separate, smaller play areas for children living in affordable housing, these children are blocked from using the main play area the richer children enjoy. London is already segregated enough without developers making it even worse. A children's playground on an estate is a really important space, especially for families in flats. My two children would always be playing with other children in the courtyard of the estate where I live. They formed life-long friendships there. All children should be free to play with their friends - not shut out because they live in affordable housing.
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  • Build Social Housing on the site of St Peters car park
    1. SOCIAL HOUSING NEED: Winchester has become an increasingly unaffordable place to live, especially for those on whom the everyday functioning of the City depends. The City Council had a good record of council house building until the Right to Buy and deliberate central government policy to deter investment in social housing. The replacement policy of building property for rent as part of commercial development processes, was based on the notion of ‘affordable’ house provision. In a place like Winchester the criterion for affordable property, that it should be leased at 80% of commercial rent, meant that it was not affordable at all for those most in need. Central government has, moreover, reduced the availability of ‘affordable housing’ through its concessions to the dubious ‘viability’ claims of the developers. A well known local architect has produced a capacity study which shows that the site could accommodate 14 x 2-bedroom units and 11 x 1-bedroom units on the space currently allocated for car parking. These type plans are based on ones devised by Peter Barber Architects which are built & occupied on 2 London sites. 2. Use of 'Brownfield' to PRESERVE GREEN OPEN SPACE: Recently, WCC has invested in a limited amount of new social housing, but it has so far achieved this at the expense of important urban open space (at Hillier Way in Abbotts Barton and expected in the Valley at Stanmore). ‘Brownfield’ is supposed to be the land of first choice for development and St Peter’s car park is an appropriate area. 3. St. Peter’s Car Park was ONLY ever intended to be TEMPORARY: It was built on the site of St Peter’s Primary School in the mid 1980s. St Peter’s School was demolished and turned into a temporary car park while the Brooks Development car park was being constructed. WCC always asserted that it would close once the Brooks opened. That promise is 30 years old. At each new provision of Park and Ride car park capacity WCC undertook to the Department for Transport and the Highways Agency, to remove an equivalent amount of central car parking capacity. Of the 1654 spaces thus promised for closure only 178 have gone, through the forced demolition of the ageing Friarsgate multistorey. The Winchester Town Access Plan (WTAP) 2011 promised an initial removal of 500 spaces. It is time to keep promises. 4. There is a PRECEDENT for this kind of conversion with the loss of car parking in Chesil Street to housing. 5. AIR POLLUTION would be REDUCED: Both Councils recognise that Winchester remains significantly in breach of air quality legislation and this is indeed one of the reasons for the Movement Strategy proposing traffic reduction. St Peter’s Car Park is on the central circulation system and is thus a traffic attractor to the centre. It is, moreover, immediately adjacent to St Bede’s Primary School and worrying air pollution levels have been demonstrated there. WHY NOW? (a) the need for more social housing is URGENT (b) WINCHESTER MOVEMENT STRATEGY: Winchester City Council (WCC) and Hampshire County Council (HCC) have published a draft Movement Strategy for Winchester which explicitly recognises the need to reduce traffic in the City and points to the need to remove central car parking. These proposals have received widespread support during public consultation. The Movement Strategy needs to be activated or it is in danger of fading away like previous plans (e.g. the WTAP) but is not so far displaying any sense of urgency and hesitates over uncertainty of funding. Since there is adequate Park and Ride capacity available now and underused edge-of-centre car parking capacity, there is no particular funding difficulty in relation to transport budgets. (c) FAILURE TO MEET AIR POLLUTION LEGISLATION: WCC has an urgent need to address its legal failure to meet air pollution legislation. It has been in an illegal state for more than 9 years and last year’s High Court and Supreme Court rulings were that authorities should meet their obligations in the shortest possible time, stressing that that meant no excuses of convenience or cost. You can find more info about this campaign with many more photos on our website here: https://winchester.greenparty.org.uk/social-housing.html Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/winchestergreenparty/
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