Thursday, 22 December 2016

Revd Paul Nicolson proclaimed the housing crisis, London Live reported it

"No room at the inn" is a very topical theme for this time of year. 'Public houses' at the heart of communities have been sold to property developers while those who cannot afford to live in supposedly 'affordable homes' are evicted and left on the streets rather than council waiting lists.

And Revd Paul Nicolson of Taxpayers Against Poverty (TAP), alongside Haringey Unite Community colleagues, proclaimed 'The Twelve Shames of Parliament' yesterday as 'key decision-makers' responsible prepared to spend a festive season with family.(1)

For more details, go to the TAP blog post Sound the alarm bell for the housing crisis,(2) and the London Live photo story Ringing the alarm bell for the housing crisis.(3)

(London Live is part of the broadcasting and news corporation that owns: the i newspaper that has developed out of The Independent:(4) London Evening Standard:(5) and London Live broadcasting channel.(6) Fortunately for us, it is not owned by Rupert Murdoch who wants full ownership of Sky Broadcasting.(7))

And Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group wish all a more enlightened festive season and New Year 2017.

Reference link Web addresses
  1. http://taxpayersagainstpoverty.org.uk/files/Taxpayers_Against_Poverty_3.pdf
  2. http://taxpayersagainstpoverty.org.uk/news/sound-the-alarm-bell-for-the-housing-crisis 
  3. http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2016-12-20/ringing-the-alarm-bell-for-housing 
  4. http://www.independent.co.uk/ 
  5. http://www.standard.co.uk/ 
  6. http://www.londonlive.co.uk/
  7. https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/1705





Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Next KUWG meeting will be on Thursday 5 January 2017

Kwug will return to the Small Hall at Kingsgate Community Centre, 107 Kingsgate Road, NW6 2JH on Thursday, 5 January 2017.(1)

The Small Hall doors open to us from 3pm on that day, and the meeting should start at about 3:15pm. After a round of introductions, those present will attempt to help with casework presented to them. There will be a break of about 10 mins around 4pm, before the meeting reconvenes to discuss other agenda matters. Priority between 5pm and 5:20pm will be given to any other casework not dealt with before the break, and from 5:20pm till 5:30pm we will focus on tidying and clearing the room for a 5:30pm exit.

Meanwhile, you might catch a glimpse of Kwuggie singers bringing Xmas cheer to a jobcentre other than Kilburn.

Note
  1. http://www.kingsgatecommunitycentre.org.uk/4-2/find-us/



Saturday, 10 December 2016

The Children's Society flags up 'The damage of debt in Camden' and calls for Government action

Guest blog post by The Children's Society

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The damage of debt in Camden


Did you know there are an estimated 9,400 children living in families with problem debt in Camden? 

Our research has found that these children are five times more likely to be unhappy than children in families without debt troubles. That's why we're calling on the Government to introduce a 'breathing space' scheme for families in debt. Will you help us spread the word about the campaign by writing to your local paper?


We've already had our supporters' letters published right across England and Wales, from Sheffield to Swansea, but for the campaign to be successful we must continue building momentum at the local level. Please help us protect children from the damage of debt.

With thanks,

Anastasia French
Campaigns Team
The Children's Society




Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Report backs on KUWG involvements in housing protests, meetings and events

Report by CJ

6.30PM-8.30PM Monday 21st Nov 2016 Unite Housing Workers and Social Housing Residents meeting. Only 6 people including CJ and Tim B. Discussed problems with social housing providers for workers and tenants, so in both our interests to get together. Another meeting pencilled in for 30th Jan 2017. Nice coffees and luxury biscuits.

Noon-1.15pm Weds 23rd Nov 2016 Outside parliament. Axe the Act protest. @75 people with banners and placards, and we heard speeches from different activists, including some Labour councillors. CJ with kuwg banner, and Helen2 taking photos and videos.

5pm-8.30pm Fri 25th Nov 2016 Save the Granville Centre night. Kuwgs-Pam, Mira (Glory hunters), Farhan, Willae, Diana, with late arrival by CJ & Surprise. Zadie Smith spoke on how public services helped her. Brent Council want to knock down building that has been part of the community for over 100 years! Free suppers made by the Community Kitchen (6pm Fridays) and some young poets and R&B singers showed their talents-amazin!

Finally new Genesis Housing Residents had its first meeting 
6.30-8.30pm Tues 29th Nov 2016, Kingsgate, and @60 in attendance including Tim B, Diana, Mark S, CJ and AJ from Kingsgate. Lots of rotten experiences in dealing with Genesis expressed by people, and understanding that the proposed Housing Act will make things even worser and worserer!

As kuwg has experience of protesting against Genesis a protest agreed Weds 14th December 2016 1pm-2pm 64 Pratt Street, Camden. @20 agreed to attend, i have email addresses of 8...a bit rushed.

Monday, 5 December 2016

University and College Union opposes Higher Education & Research Bill: "Lobby a lord today"

From Sally Hunt, UCU General Secretary

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Dear colleague,

Tomorrow [6 December] the Higher Education and Research Bill goes back to the House of Lords for its second reading.

We have been working round the clock to brief peers about the bill.

  - How it will open the floodgates for "for profit" education
  - How it will weaken university autonomy
  - How it opens the way for fee increases linked to the TEF


Now will you help us by 'lobbying a Lord'?

To make things easy, we have created a list of peers who have a
relationship with a UK university.  It may be that they attended, taught or
held high office at an institution.

Please use our online tool to write to any peers who are associated with
your university - tell them where you work! If you can't find anyone
associated with your institution, write to another peer.

This bill claims to be about improving quality but contains nothing to
improve the status and conditions of the university staff and will damage
the UK's hard won academic reputation.

Please lobby a Lord now by clicking here.
<https://list.mercury.ucu.org.uk/t/13376/26130/3179/1/?c73c8e04=dWN1LW1lbWJlcnM%3d&60bc612e=X19hbGwtbWVtYmVycw%3d%3d&560a3889=SEUgQmlsbDogbG9iYnkgYSBMb3JkIHRvZGF5&x=9c999847>

Thank you again.

Sally Hunt
UCU general secretary

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Thurs 8 December public meeting to help resist Guinness Evictions

From Architects for Social Housing:
Please support Beti’s campaign by naming, shaming and challenging the Guinness Partnership on social and in print media as the social cleansers and home wreckers that they are; by attending the next public meeting of the Northwold Estate campaign, which is being held from 7-9pm on Thursday, 8 December, in the Community Hall (131 Upper Clapton Rd, Hackney, London E5 9SA), where you will be able to hear Beti speak; and by giving her your active, professional (if applicable) and even financial support as she takes on the Guinness Partnership for her right to a home.

For further information on the Guinness Partnership evictions, go to https://architectsforsocialhousing.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/resist-guinness-evictions-campaign-for-beti/