Helen Jacks – Unite
Nick Ballard – Acorn
tbc – Shelter
Meeting organised by Bristol Trades Union Council
Decent housing is a basic human need, but it is one where Britain continues to fail people in many ways. Selling off existing affordable homes through Right to Buy, restricting tenancies to a fixed length term or “market” rents are not the ways to deal with Britain’s housing crisis.
Bristol Trades Union Council will campaign for more housing to be built in order to deal with the entrenched crisis. A crucial part of this campaign is the call for more social housing, including more local authority housing.
Investing in house building will pay for itself and generate thousands of jobs and apprenticeships. With the government able to borrow at rock bottom rates it needs to get out its cheque book and start building and allow local authorities to do likewise.
We also call for more affordable mortgages and better services for owner occupiers, and for fair rents and secure tenancies in the private rented sector. Another important strand of our work is to campaign to defend housing benefits, which are under attack by the Government.
We are concerned that poor and overcrowded housing ruins people’s life chances, increasing the risk that they will do badly in education and suffer from poor health. We have also become very worried that poor housing also undermines people’s ability to do well at work.