Protests planned over homes under the hammer

Union shows support for picketing of social housing auctions in London.

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GMB London is backing protests planned for public auctions of social housing – questioning the conscience of associations involved.

The union says the homes under the hammer are “desperately needed” by families in temporary accommodation across the capital.

Warren Kenny, GMB Regional Secretary, said: “What has happened to the consciences of Board members of Housing Associations and extremely well paid senior managers of these organisations?

“GMB London is calling for support for these protests (and for) this sale of social housing to be stopped.

“There are desperate families in bed and breakfast and other temporary accommodation who baldly need these homes.”

The auctions of mainly London housing – from studio flats to four-bedroom homes – are set for this Thursday (14th Feb) and next Tuesday (19th Feb).

At the first Allsop auction, 44 housing association homes are up for sale at the Intercontinental London Park Lane.

The second auction, by Savills, is set for the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, with 18 housing association homes on offer.

There is a third online auction, selling a further 37 housing association homes in Westminster, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Lewisham, Haringey, Camden, Barnet, Croydon and East Sussex.

Last week, CIH released stats showing 165,000 social homes have been lost since 2012 – including nearly 50,000 housing association homes.

That paper predicted a loss of social housing that topped nearly 200,000 by 2020.

Some 54,300 London households were classed as living in temporary accommodation as of last summer – 44,000 of them  families with children.