We want council housing and homes for life!

Another family has been moved into the hostel Brimstone House in Victoria Street in Stratford during the last eight weeks. This means that Newham Labour council and Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz still think that rooms built for single young people are adequate to house families. This has to stop! People need to be housed in decent housing. Shame on the council and those in local government who sit by and let the housing crisis in Newham escalate whilst people suffer and homes remain empty. 

This family is a father, a mother and a four month old baby. There is just about space for a double bed and a sofa. Currently the father sleeps on the sofa while the mother sleeps with the baby in the bed, which is against the advice from midwives, health visitors and GPs about safe sleeping for babies. It is just not appropriate for an adult to sleep all night on a sofa.

There is little or no ventilation, the room is quickly filled with cooking smells which can be overpowering, and the toilet flush does not work properly despite repeated requests for it to be fixed, it has not been repaired. The alarm continues to go off in the building and there is drilling early in the morning. It is no wonder that these parents are distressed, tearful and unwell. There is no space and nowhere to put their belongings. It is clear that Brimstone House is no place to raise a child and the housing is not suitable.  

Meanwhile, the roomy council flats around the corner on Carpenters estate remain empty and there are trees growing out of them! What a waste. We want to save every single council flat on this estate because this housing offers the chance for long term stability, community and cheap rent. A chance for a decent life.

Please join us on Saturday 18 December 12-2pm on the Carpenters Estate where over 400 home have stood empty for over a decade, where currently a ballot is underway and where the council is spending hundreds of thousands of pounds to secure a yes vote to its regeneration scheme which will mean demolishing 60% of the estate.

We need more council homes, not fewer!
We need families like the one above from Brimstone House, and the thousands of others on the housing waiting list and those in temporary and emergency accommodation, to be housed decently.

Join us on Saturday 18 December at 12 noon in the middle of Carpenters Estate in Stratford (near the shop) to fight for housing, to make a stand against capitalism, against racism in housing and to restore people’s dignity.

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4 thoughts on “We want council housing and homes for life!

  1. I moved in during the Xmas week with my 7 month old baby at the time. VC did not bother respond to a single email when I needed help. Repairs were delayed and when i had repairs check one of many issues, one of my window which doesn’t open I was told by a manager of repairs that the other windows enough! There’s no air at all and I hate to be told by someone who’s not raising my son that he is fine! . My sons developed a rash and he’s never had this in his life! Since born. You don’t get no help living here! People must email 24/7 like I did and receive no responses!!!!!!

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  2. I moved in during the Xmas week with my 7 month old baby at the time. VC did not bother respond to a single email when I needed help. Repairs were delayed and when i had repairs check one of many issues, one of my window which doesn’t open I was told by a manager of repairs that the other windows enough! There’s no air at all and I hate to be told by someone who’s not raising my son that he is fine! . My sons developed a rash and he’s never had this in his life! Since born. You don’t get no help living here! People must email 24/7 like I did and receive no responses!!!!!! Can I just add ! We’re in feb now and window still don’t open and many other things which I’m sure they don’t care about! I’m a single mum. I’ve mentioned plenty of times I have anxiety and it has got much worse living here! This place doesn’t take no one seriously. It’s like we’re placed here to suffer in silence! I see alot of people moved in since I have also. My heart breaks for everyone struggling because I too am.

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