Posted on | June 14, 2014 | 1 Comment
We demand that Lambeth Council now reconsider it’s flawed and unnecessary application of this tax!
A Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth (HASL) member won her appeal against application of the bedroom tax to her front room last week following protests from the group and representation from Kevin Long at Lambeth Law Centre.
The judge in a tribunal held last month decided that the tax should not apply to the room when use was taken into account. Prior to this decision the Council had simply relied on the Landlord’s classification of the number of bedrooms in the property, showing to members of our group negligence and compliance with Landlords over tenants on behalf of the Council who should have simply carried an independent assessment of the property.
Kevin Long, who since cuts to Legal Aid has worked free of charge on this case, said “I’m now more convinced than ever that every bedroom tax decision should be appealed. Take for example a 2-bedroom under-occupying council tenant where grown-up kid(s) have left home and the spare room is used for storage/study/meditation room/personal library. Clearly this is a situation that the tax was meant to hit – but if you apply the room-use argument to its a logical extreme then the tenant would still have a chance of overcoming it.”
HASL are calling to anyone hit by this tax to contact the group, we hope with this experience we can challenge this regressive policy and have the tax on as many tenants as possible lifted and refunded.
We are also calling on the Council’s of Lambeth and Southwark to reconsider it’s application across the board. Recent steps taken by Glasgow Council prove that Councils need not be simply administrators of regressive central government policy. As Kevin again states “Councils should be inspecting to establish the ‘facts on the ground’ rather than just relying on the landlord’s classification. This might involve a consideration of ‘use’ – but it might also address issues where there is a genuine dispute over the number of rooms – consider for example a room that has been bricked-up due to partial collapse; or a room uninhabitable due to historic decay; or, as with us, a through-room.”
We will be celebrating our success this weekend in style, making great use of this member’s front room!
Posted on | June 2, 2014 | 1 Comment
Newlon Housing Association was set up at the end of the 1960s as an ethical alternative to slum landlords such as the notorious Peter Rachman.
But two recent stories in the Hackney Gazette raise serious doubts over whether Newlon is still the ethical housing provider it likes to present itself as.
At the end of last year news emerged that Newlon was “forcing a severely disabled man out of his Hackney home of over 20 years to a place six miles away from his mother”. Read the full story here.
Then, earlier this month, the Gazette covered the case of Cliff Henry – a member of LCAP’s Hackney Housing Group – after a judge ruled that Cliff’s “mice-infested” Newlon flat had caused him “unquestionable distress”. Almost three months after agreeing to rehouse him, Newlon has still not found Cliff a new flat, meaning he has to continue staying with friends. Read the full story here.
Are these cases unusual, or representative of other Newlon tenants’ experiences?
If you’ve had problems with Newlon we’d like to hear from you. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07931698438.
Posted on | November 18, 2013 | 1 Comment
UN Special Rapporteur on Disability – Testimony Session
Monday, 25 November 2013 from 13:30 to 16:00 (GMT)
London, United Kingdom
Posted on | October 14, 2013 | 2 Comments
Join Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth on Saturday 26th October 3-6pm at The Brix, St Matthews Church in Brixton (SW2 1JF). We will have information on the cuts to housing and welfare that are happening as well as providing a chance to discuss ways of taking action against our housing situations and getting decent housing for all! Food and childcare will be provided.
Posted on | October 31, 2012 | 2 Comments
London Coalition Against Poverty has published a pamphlet sharing some of our stories and experiences for others who would like to change injustices that affect our communities.
This builds on a discussion with other independent, grassroots groups that we published last year.
If you are able to order a few copies to distribute to your group, in a local bookshop or elsewhere, we’d love to hear from you too!keep looking »