A home is a human right

A home is a human right

The housing crisis is growing and everyone is affected

House prices are now 14 times the average salary and 600 families a day face losing their homes. Private rents are spiralling and insecure tenancies are the main cause of homelessness as people become more vulnerable to rip-off landlords in an unregulated market. The waiting list for social housing has grown, and those in social rented homes face attack after attack from this government. Those who work in areas associated with housing face their pay, terms and conditions being driven down. 

It is time to end the right to buy and return to housing as homes – not as pensions or assets.

What Unite is campaigning for

Unite is calling for a massive council house building scheme to create more affordable housing and the regulation of landlords with the emphasis on rent controls, which work in Germany and Sweden

  • Every £1 spent on construction generates an additional £2.09 of economic output; it is one of the highest areas of return
  • For every £1 spent in building, 92p stays in the UK
  • For every £1 spent by the public sector, 56p returns to the Treasury of which 36p is direct savings in tax and benefits

You can read the full Unite policy on dealing with the housing crisis here - A home is a human right campaign  The Unite charter on housing  (PDF)

Campaign update

The housing and planning bill has now become an Act. Unite campaigned strongly against it becoming law because we believed it could destroy social housing for good by
  1. Changing the definition of affordable housing – council 'affordable housing' quotas will include so-called 'starter homes'. 
  2. Forcing councils to sell off much needed social homes in their controversial extended right-to-buy scheme.
  3. Bulldozing housing estates that the Tories have branded ‘sink estates’.
  4. Not replacing social homes that are sold off – last year just one social home was built for every eight sold-off under right-to-buy.
  5. Allowing people to sell off starter homes they have bought at a profit – after five years those who have been lucky enough to afford one of the new starter homes will be able to sell them on at market rate. The 20 per cent discount that applies at their time of purchase is taxpayer funded. 
  6. ‘Pay to stay’ – another new scheme aimed at forcing families out of social homes. A family earning £30,000 (£40,000 in London), which is basically a couple both on the minimum wage, will be forced to pay full market rent.

Check out the latest news updates on the progress of the Housing and Planning bill:
Download the latest campaign materials
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Watch these campaign videos

Our West Hendon: Put homes before profits - January 2015

New Era Estate: Social housing not social cleansing - December 2014