Saturday, 1 May 11am – 1:30pm – Renters Reform Bill: what is it and what should we be fighting for?
Online event open to all LRU members – register here
As we’ve seen during the pandemic, our housing system is rigged in the interests of landlords and investors. Our campaigning has won significant protections for renters such as eviction bans, but ultimately the government has chosen to prioritise the profits of landlords over our right to housing.
Activists have occupied a former police station in South London, close to where Sarah Everard was last seen, to demand the withdrawal of Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill. The group have already been served eviction papers, and are calling for people to support them. You can find them on Instagram @not.a.cop.shop.
The group have issued a public statement on their action:
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Thank you. As part of our ‘End the Rent Debt Crisis’ campaign, your financial support gave us the resource we needed to publish research which estimated that half a million private renter households relying on benefits didn’t receive enough money to cover their rent each month.
This week, there was confirmation from the Government of the scale of the problem.
To all London Renters Union members in Lambeth, We are writing to you today to ask you to support a tightly knit community in Lambeth that is fighting against a planning application that threatens to destroy it. Cressingham Gardens is a council owned estate – the building has been lauded by architects as a human and community centered building and what you’ll find at Cressingham Gardens is a testament to that. You can find a wonderful film made about the community at Cressingham Gardens here.
Phase Two of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry resumed Monday after being halted in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. More than three years on from the devastating fire that claimed 72 lives, the resumption of the inquiry confirms its character as a contemptible cover-up.
This week’s reopening met with widespread outrage from survivors and the bereaved over further proposed delays to proceedings and arrangements restricting their access to hearings. As of Friday, the inquiry had only met for 18 days of hearings since January.