South Kilburn Housing Office, London. Fri 7 Nov 2014
People gather and put up a banner outside the 'Community Resource Centre' which is the South Kilburn Housing Office
'Housing for All - Cap Rents Now!'
And they decide it's time to go inside
There is a lot of 'regeneration' in Brent, but it is largely advertised and sold off to people from outside
the borough - including to wealthy investors abroad who often will leave the properties empty while the
London house prices rise, selling them after a few years at a high profit. It's easier to sell empty properties
than to have the bother of sitting tenants, though generally these can be easily evicted.
Others buy properties to let them, enjoying the high rents, artificially inflated for all properties by
housing benefit being paid for many properties - a subsidy to landlords
The protesters include Isabel Counihan Sanchez and other members of the Housing 4 All campaign which grew out of the Counihan family campaign
The result of profit-led regeneration process is social cleansing - with people from Brent having to move
to outer London or away from London altogether because they cannot afford properties in the area
What residents of Brent (and other boroughs need) is 'Social Housing Not Social Cleansing'
As in earlier times when we had great philanthropic schemes - such as Peabody - and councils building houses
is the provision of social housing at rents that are actually affordable to people on the minimum wage
The campaign is also supported by Unite Community members
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