WHEN: Friday 28 August at 13.30
WHERE: Lambeth County Court, Cleaver Street, Kennington, London, SE11 4DZ
Unite Community members will be demonstrating outside Lambeth County Court tomorrow (Friday 28 August) in support of Unite member Marian who faces eviction from her Brixton flat and being made homeless by the Guinness Housing Association.
Marian, a single mum who shares her home of eight years with her four and eight year old children, is one of the last tenants at Kenwood House in Loughborough Park. Other residents of the estate, which is earmarked for demolition and regeneration, have been rehoused by Guinness.
Unlike other residents, the housing association has so far refused to offer the healthcare assistant at St. George’s hospital alternative affordable accommodation and is instead seeking to evict her from her home.
The threatened eviction comes amid a chronic shortage of affordable homes in the Capital and soaring rents.
Pilgrim Tucker, Unite Community coordinator for London has seen far too many cases like Marian’s. She said: “Working in London with our community members the biggest issue I am faced with day in day out is housing.
“Property developers, treating our capital like a monopoly game, don’t have one iota of interest in providing affordable and sustainable homes for people. This has very real consequences and it is people like Marian and her children who are paying the real price.”
Marian said: “This is my home. Like many other residents, we have lived here for years and now are being forced out and away from our family, friends and support networks.”
Marian is now faced with two choices - moving away or homelessness - unless Guinness fulfils its promise.
Pilgrim Tucker added: “This social cleansing has to stop before it is too late. Not only are people being forced out of London, away from friends, family and their jobs but we are losing housing and estates that make London special.”
Unite has been actively fighting to defend affordable and council homes in London including opposing the social cleansing of the West Hendon estate in Barnet; raising the plight of residents facing eviction from the New Era estate in Hoxton and backing the E15 campaigners in Newham. Unite led the demonstration at Mipim last year, when the world's largest private money fair came to London to feast on UK council housing.
For further information contact Pilgrim Tucker on 07970 126249 or Ashraf Choudhury in the Unite Press Office on 020 3371 2061 or 07980 224761.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.