Category housing

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle [Ceasefire Magazine]

Film review of Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle and interview with the filmmaker Paul Sng. The film is a documentary about the gentrification and social cleansing amidst the housing crisis in modern day Britain. First published in Ceasefire Magazine on 30 September 2017: In the east London suburb of Poplar looms Balfron Tower. A […]

Residents step up the fight to save their homes from a merger that should worry us all

In-depth report on action against Notting Hill Housing and Genesis merger, which are prompting fears of further social cleansing in the city. First published in The Canary on 15 September 2017: Protesters gathered outside the London offices of Notting Hill Housing (NHH) on 13 September. One of the organisers of the demonstration and NHH resident, […]

A small community has now triggered one of the biggest conversations on social housing since Grenfell

Book review of 306: Living Under the Shadow of REGENERATION and interview with project manager Anne E Cooper. First published in The Canary on 17 September 2017: 306: Living Under the Shadow of REGENERATION is a collaborative project with the residents of Cressingham Gardens, allowing them to explore their memories and feelings about home, community and […]

Kensington and Chelsea may have just avoided another major embarrassment after Grenfell [The Canary]

Report on the treatment of seven women living in a refuge by organisations in the borough of Kensington & Chelsea. First published in The Canary on 31 July 2017: Residents in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) are under pressure once more. After the media furore over RBKC’s treatment of Grenfell Tower survivors, […]

Make no mistake. Kensington and Chelsea’s latest meeting about Grenfell was shameful [OPINION]

Opinion and account of Kensington & Chelsea’s first open meeting after the Grenfell Tower fire. First published in The Canary on 20 July 2017: This all showed that the new Conservative leader of the council, Elizabeth Campbell, will have a tough job ahead of her. She proved to be deeply unpopular among crowds and the […]

David Lammy steps in after public outcry as a council plans to evict thousands of people [The Canary]

Report on Haringey Council’s decision to go ahead with the Haringey Development Vehicle – a mechanism to increase property development in the area. Many are resisting it because they say it will lead to social cleansing. First published in The Canary on 4 July 2017: Haringey Council has ignored pleas from local MPs David Lammy […]

It’s not just Grenfell. These tenants have been warning about fire safety for years

In-depth feature on residents of a block in London owned by Genesis Housing Association who came forward straight after the revelations from the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June. They say their repeated concerns over fire safety also fell on deaf ears. And they say they have been cautioning the housing association for over a […]