Tag Archives: homelessness

SQUASH NewsRound: January – February 2015

Stories in SQUASH NewsRound: January 2015 – February 2015:

1] March for Homes & the Aylesbury Estate Occupation
2] 12 Bar Occupation
3] Love Activists Evicted (again)
4] Crossroads Women’s Centre 40th anniversary Celebration & Film
5] Parliamentary Update
6] Legal Cases
7] Positive Media
8] Negative Media
9] Upcoming Events

Kent Coroner’s Inquest into the Death of Daniel Gauntlett

The Kent Coroner’s Office will be holding an inquest into the death of Mr Gauntlett, and key questions they will need to answer are: “Was s144 LASPO to blame for Daniel Gauntlett’s death?”, and if so, “Did the state contravene his Article 2 right, namely his Right to Life?”. As s144 LASPO falls apart at the seams (providing proof of “living” or “intending to live”), this human rights angle could see the nail in the coffin for Weatherley’s Law. Venue: The Coroner’s Office, Archbishops Palace, Mill Street, Maidstone, ME15 6YE Date: Wednesday, 10th December 2014 Time: 1:30pm

Homes Not Jails Demo – Wed 26th February

The Met have announced plans to make ‘rough sleeping’ a crime in 6 London boroughs. Operation Encompass will be in effect in Camden, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster, alongside Croydon. Demo called for: Wednesday 26 February 2014, 10.00am, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1

Park Street Occupation, Southwark

Housing activists have occupied a property 21 & 23 Park Street, just off Borough market which was owned by Southwark council. The building which has been derelict for ages, basically falling apart with just scaffolding to keep it up, was auctioned with a starting price of £2.3 million and sold for £2.9 million, making it the most expensive council house sold. The occupation is also a challenge to section 114 of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) introduced last September which criminalised squatting in residential properties. Blog includes links to Our Media and Mainstream Media (MSM) articles on the occupation.

SQUASH NewsRound: April – June 2013

Stories in this Issue: Will there be Further Criminanlistion?; Open House 2013; Let Down Housing Demo and the Right to Protest; Violent Attacks on the Homeless; London Fire Brigade Used for BackDoor Evictions; International Solidarity: Holland

Crisis Launches No Going Home campaign.

The homelessness charity Crisis launched it’s ‘No Going Home’ campaign this week, targeting government plans to scrap housing benefits for the under 25s. There are currently 385,000 people under 25 claiming housing benefit across the UK. Many of these people work, or are looking for work, others are sick or disabled and more than half are parents bringing up children – all of them depend on housing benefit to keep a roof over their head.