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Oct
2014
Friday 17th
posted by Joana Ramiro in Britain


A DISABLED mother made homeless by Southwark Council won justice yesterday after activists took over the local town hall to support her demands for social housing.

Dozens of housing campaigners staged a sit-in at the council’s headquarters after bosses refused to give a former Aylesbury Estate tenant emergency housing when she went into arrears.

Security and police were called to the site — but the two-hour demonstration was brought to an end when the council’s head of community engagement Stephen Douglass agreed to find the woman, named only as Ruth, a house.

Local campaigner Tom Gann told the Star: “Southwark Council has treated our friend appallingly right through the process.

“We are relieved that she and her children have now been given temporary accommodation but it should not have come to this,” he added.

Ruth — who had recently fallen seriously ill and became unable to pay full rent — was given the keys to a new place on the other side of the borough in the afternoon.

Her eviction made local news after bailiffs broke down her door while she attended a meeting with the housing office.

The protest coincided with another large demonstration in the borough against the demolition of social housing.

Campaigners toured the borough rallying in front of the sites of former estates before reaching the town hall.

Participants of both events took the opportunity to argue against property fair Mipim, hosted in London this year.

Southwark and the sale of the Aylesbury Estate to a private developer were nominated for awards at the show — much to the activists chagrin.

“Mipim have praised the council for being both welcoming and demanding to developers, we believe that the council has been much too welcoming and nowhere near demanding enough,” said Southwark Tenants spokesman Raymond Ambler.

“Allowing developers to consistently break the council’s own planning policies, particularly when it comes to building affordable homes.”

Southwark’s Labour council has pledged to build 11,000 homes over the next 30 years, but campaigners have said its too little too late.




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