The Housing Emergency: make Labour act! Saturday 20 November 17:00-18:30
• Dave Renton, housing lawyer
• Professor Paul Watt, Birkbeck, University of London. Author of recently published book, /Estate Regeneration and its Discontents: Public Housing, Place and Inequality in London https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/estate-regeneration-and-its-discontents
• Andrea Gilbert, Labour Homelessness Campaign
• Martin Wicks, Labour Campaign for Council Housing
The latest government figures show only 1,100 council homes started, only 800 completed, in the first two quarters of 2021. Even before the government lifted the pandemic evictions ban, almost 100,000 households were recorded as homeless at the start of 2021. 26% of adult renters in England – or 5.3 million people – already say they cannot keep their homes warm in winter, mainly because of high private-sector rents. Over two-fifths (45%) of England’s private-renting adults have been the victim of illegal behaviour from a landlord or letting agent. Overcrowded housing has been a main reason for high Covid tolls among ethnic minorities and the worse-off.
Next LLI-MI committee meeting
Saturday 20 November 4pm, just before the housing meeting.