YOUR HOMES FOR BRITAIN CAMPAIGN UPDATES
Home Group joins cities connected by housing crisis
The rivalry between Newcastle and Sunderland is well-known whether you live in Dundee or Devon. They’re just 12 miles apart and despite their differences are connected through the housing crisis. In Newcastle there are 6,000 households on the local authority housing waiting list and just over 2,000 in Sunderland. Amongst them, couples who are unable to move to a bigger home before starting a family and adults in their 30s and 40s still living with their parents because they can’t afford to move out. That’s why we walked and cycled between Newcastle and Sunderland to show our backing for the Homes for Britain Campaign and the crisis that connects us all. We were proud of our 12 miles and in awe of the 300 miles completed by the famous Jarrow marchers who walked to London in protest at high unemployment and poor living conditions. We’ve got the internet, we’re off to Mars and next month Sky will pay £6m to show the Sunderland v Newcastle football match. When our world has changed out of recognition, we still have to take to the streets to demand social justice. Please support Homes for Britain!Andrew Lambert
Bath joins in the campaign
Bath’s local politicians join Betsy to show their support. Lots of Bath’s residents have been keen to sign and get behind the petition today too, proving that it’s an issue that means a lot to people here. Quote of the day “It’s time they stopped playing football with housing and started listening to the needs of real people”.Curo
Taking the campaign to Midsomer Norton
A great turn-out with Curo in Midsomer Norton. Lots of petition signatures from passers-by and local politicians. Thanks to everyone who came to show their support. Next stop Bath’s busy Milsom Street, 2pm today!Curo
Chief Executive gets on his bike!
Hightown’s Chief Executive, David Bogle, is showing his commitment to ending the housing crisis by cycling 43 miles to London on the morning of the Homes for Britain rally. Setting off at 7.00 am from Hightown’s home town of Hemel Hempstead, he will follow the tow path along the Grand Union Canal into central London. After arriving in the city, David plans to hop off his bike at Speakers Corner and join a pack of Hightown runners to complete the journey from Hyde Park to Westminster and onto Jubilee Gardens on foot.
The support team at Hightown House now have the task of ensuring we have everything in place to ensure David arrives safe and sound at the finish line in time for the rally and that he and the staff running in London have all they need to raise the profile of the need to end the housing crisis in a generation.Hightown Housing
Whether we are located in the North, South, Midlands, city or in rural areas we need more houses, it’s a simple equation.
We have developed a short video to support the ‘Homes for Britain’ Campaign as this should be a key priority for all of us. Whether we are located in the North, South, Midlands, city or in rural areas we need more houses, it’s a simple equation.
The creation of new homes will also generate new employment and training opportunities which provides a double bonus for the local community in which we build and the overall economy. The pressures on housing demand and costs vary greatly across the country but we cannot manage the crisis by not doing anything about it or pretending the “Market” alone will meet the demand and need.
Swift intervention is needed in a considered and co-ordinated way, Registered Providers have continued to do their best but the need for further support and political will is clear to most people. Surely the opportunity cannot be lost to find a way out of this crisis and provide our children and grandchildren with a housing legacy we can all be proud of and give everyone a home they need and choose fit for the 21st CenturyNigel Wilson Group Chief Executive of Wythenshawe Community Housing Group
Yarlington takes to the streets in Yeovil
The main street in Yeovil town was alive with people who were keen to give their views on the housing shortage and what needs to be done to solve the current crisis.
“Politicians just aren’t doing enough” said one local resident. “How can young people hope to get onto the property ladder or ever have a home to call their own until something serious is done about this?”
Yarlington Housing Group took to the town on Wednesday as part of the nationwide campaign to end the housing crisis within a generation. Members of the public came along and put their questions about how the housing crisis will be resolved to politicians, councillors and those with an interest in housing. A living statue drew the crowds, and passers-by were given the opportunity to sign a national petition in support of the ‘Homes for Britain’ campaign.
Gary Orr, Chief Executive with Yarlington said “This campaign is so important to create sustainable communities for the future. We know that a secure home underpins achievement, and we support this initiative to ensure that our current and future residents have every opportunity that is available to them.”Amanda Matthews
Bright and blustery, Betsy’s VIP trip to Exeter
DCH staff left the office bright and early and headed down to the popular Princesshay shopping centre in Exeter to welcome Betsy the bus and speak to as many people as possible about the housing crisis. Just as we had finished setting up our stand and the DCH vans were in place, the rain subsided and in the distance we saw Betsy turning the corner with Exeter Cathedral as the backdrop and the sun now beaming down. Betsy had arrived along with VIP escorts (of course!) to guide her into position, right in the middle of the shopping centre. Betsy had prime position!
Next came the giant key handover from Martyn Gimber, Chief Executive of North Devon Homes to Paul Crawford, Group Chief Executive of DCH, where we were joined by DCH staff and supporters from Exeter City Council for the group picture. Staff handed out information about the campaign, memorabilia and balloons to the children and tours were given to those who were keen to look around the Routemaster herself, Betsy.
As the event came to a close, it was time to send Betsy off on her travels, out came the VIP escorts again and we waved Betsy goodbye on her way to Somerset to meet the lovely people of Yarlington.Liz Parsons, DCH
Getting the @HomesforBritain message out on the streets
Ocean Housing took to the streets of St Austell, Cornwall, last Thursday to raise awareness and understanding about the huge housing shortage the country and in particular Cornwall is facing. Ocean collected signatures and recorded real people’s ‘selfie’ video messages to add to the ‘Homes for Britain’ message to Westminster.
Ocean’s MD Frances Turner commented:
“Despite the terrible weather, our staff were great at engaging with the public and have just over 200 signatures. We definitely got the message out there with the public and we have quite a few video messages to forward on to the National Housing Federation and Westminster. It was also good to see so many children (and a few adults!) enjoying the face painting and balloon making.”
“Cornwall’s ‘perfect storm’ has average house prices in the county at £228,000 and rising, average private rented sector homes at £723 per month and rising, with large upfront deposits required. With an increasing population and increases in ownership and rental costs in Cornwall the current challenge for young people to live independently is becoming increasingly difficult.”Ocean Housing