Archive for December, 2013

The rise of food banks in the UK will probably define this recession. I’ve been working for the past few weeks on a report for Keith Taylor, a Member of the European Parliament, on how much and why food banks have grown in his constituency of South East England. The results are shocking, and some of the case studies of what was happening on the ground were deeply upsetting.  Read the full report and press release here.

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This was an article which took a lot of twists and turns to reach the light of day. Suffice to say, if all councils were doing this type of work then illegal evictions would be less common in the UK.

“Councils have been empowered to prosecute landlords and their ‘agents’ for harassment and illegal eviction of tenants since 1977. The Protection from Eviction Act was originally passed to counter the types of ‘landlordism’ associated with the infamous Peter Rachman. Illegal eviction is where “any person unlawfully deprives the residential occupier of any premises of his occupation of the premises or any part thereof, or attempts to do so”.” Read the full article here.

After their dramatic occupation of a two-person housing association flat being rented out for £1700, I interviewed some of the campaigners from Southwark Tenants, who are part of the Let Down Campaign. Read the full article on Open Democracy