As stated in my earlier post I attended the meeting on Tuesday evening which was held by the Socialist Party. There were only 20 attendees out of the thousands of people who could have attended. This meeting was attended by tenants and campaigners. It was very interesting and also very worrying listening to what the Tories have proposed for all of our futures. There will be rent hikes or displacements and demolitions. This is already happening in parts of London and is not only affecting council and housing association tenants but also leaseholders of flats. Tens of thousands of families have been forced out of inner London in the last five years. Plans are in place to demolish estates and redevelop into upmarket properties. Everybody must come together to fight this Act which needs to be turned around by next April. There are some more meetings coming up if anyone wants to attend to find out more information: Axe the Housing Act meeting 27 June @ 7pm at Unite HQ, Holborn; Socialist Party meeting 13 July @ 7.30pm at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square; Annual NSSN Conference 2 July 11am – 4.30pm at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square (Housing discussion at 1.30pm). My husband has arranged to see some Labour Councillors next week to discuss this Act and as we do not have a tenants committee on our estate we are in the process of getting that organised and intend to join forces with a local council estate. This Act should be taken very seriously. The Tories want it kept quiet but it is really happening.
If you are forming a Peabody TA of any type you might have to avoid any political activities, so my advice would be to form one that is totally independent and not receiving the usual Peabody TA funding.
erewhon is right about any TA having its independence. Ours in Victoria Park is hybrid. We take cash from Peabody for routine representation etc things and account for it to them. We also raise our own money and spend it on our own campaigning activities, such as the "Peg the Peabody rents - to inflation" placards we carry at all housing demos.
Our own lobbying on the combined impact of the Housing and Welfare Acts has been directed at the Housing chiefs in Hackney and Tower Hamlets and the MPs. Depends a bit on what they're like for your estate. Which Borough/Constituency are you in?
We await a report of a meeting between 2 MPs and Peabody on this and I'll report once we've got it.
Try firstname.lastname@example.org for the campaign. It is supported by all sorts of groupings, trade unions etc.
Hope this helps. Do keep us all posted.
PS Sent this to The evening Standard. They printed the first bit, up to *
You are right to put the word “affordable” in inverted commas in your report of Peabody’s plans for Thamesmead. Whenever this exponentially expanding charity buys houses and land, as it has from Gallions here and as it did from The Crown in 2011, it cranks up rents and moves away from tenancies to owner-occupancy on terms that are well beyond key workers* of the sort aimed at by its philanthropic founder.
The Trust’s response to the rent implications of the Welfare Reform & Work Act and the Housing & Planning Act has been to lurch away from funding truly affordable lettings to hard-pressed employees to raising mortgages on its tenants’ homes to fund lucrative building for sale to those who can afford market prices for a house as an investment.