Protesting the social housing sell-off
JANUARY 21, 2020
Social Housing Action Campaign (SHAC) supporters joined housing campaigners this week to protest against the sale of social housing by Savilles.
The protest was over the sale of badly needed social-rent homes by housing associations such as Peabody to private landlords, and the resulting rents levels being raised beyond the reach of many ordinary workers.
You can view a video of the protest here
Social Housing Action Campaign communications officer Suzanne Muna noted that the Chartered Institute of Housing reported a loss of more than 165,000 social rented homes between 2012 and 2018. She argued that auctions like Savilles just contribute to this loss and contributed to the worsening housing crisis.
“Working class communities are being disrupted by the very people who should be safeguarding them, and protecting the future of social housing. Instead, these homes are treated as disposable assets and no more than cash cows to the associations’ executives.”
The campaigners also included Housing Association Residents Action (HARA), The Unite Housing Workers Branch, and tenants from Peabody, Hexagon, Notting Hill Genesis, L&Q, and other high profile associations.
SHAC and members of the Unite Housing Workers Branch will be joining HARA and GMB members to continue demonstrating against further auctions.