A panel and workshop with Jackie Schneider, Dr. Faiza Shaheen, London Renters Union and others
The average London home now costs 14 times the average salary, and 30% of renters in London pay at least 50 per cent of their income on rent. Tenants live in unsuitable, unsafe housing in constant fear of eviction, and families and neighbours who have lived side by side for generations are being forced out of the areas they grew up in. UK-wide, there are now twice as many homeless people as there were in 2010, and 120,000 of them are children.
The housing crisis has shattered communities and left thousands living in poverty and precarity. Now, local groups are organising and fighting back. From co-ops to community land trusts and renters unions, organisations are building power in communities and demanding rent controls, decent standards, affordable homes linked to incomes, not the market rate, and an end to no fault evictions (Section 21).
Labour has committed to building one million genuinely affordable homes across a ten-year period and has vowed to give back the power to councils to build and implement their scheme. They have also promised to scrap Right to Buy, increase tenants’ rights, and ensure that housing adheres to minimum safety standards.
But how can we argue effectively in our communities? And how can we organise on a local and national level to resist and reverse this social cleansing, and start rebuilding?
Wimbledon Young Labour and PPC for Wimbledon Jackie Schneider are delighted to welcome:
- Director of CLASS and PPC for Chingford and Woodford Green Dr. Faiza Shaheen
- Plan C housing activist Ben Beach
- London Renters Union
- Local housing campaigner and RUSS Lewisham member Cypren Edmunds
There will be an hour’s panel and discussion chaired by Jackie, followed by a workshop on how to campaign and organise in our communities.
All are welcome, especially new members, and the venue is wheelchair accessible. Event is free but donations are welcome.
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 7.30pm
Tunnel 267, 267 The Broadway, London SW19 1SD