Posted on February 16, 2009. Filed under: Housing News |

The BBC’S Politics show made a welcome return to update on our Campaign yesterday 15th February 2009, filming us at the Firebird Social Centre.

Click here to see the programme. The JNC article is towards the end of the programme. (in 2 parts. The BBC had a technical hitch on the first live link)

We are glad that the issue is being reported and Brummies know that we are working for a better future and a safer today for the people wondering were they will sleep tonight.  Birmingham City Council’s Housing Cabinet Member Cllr John Lines (Conservative Bartley Green) was invited to appear and not surprisingly declined. Instead a statement was made to the BBC  stating that the Council had built 22 homes last year and were talking about building 500 this year.  In case  this doesn’t happen they got their excuse in early “The Credit Crunch will see more people homeless and make housebuilding uncertain”.

There are no firm commitments from the Council to build 500 homes in Birmingham, we feel this is a promise that needs to be kept as there are still 30,000 people on the waiting list and if they continue building at the current rate it will be nearly 1364 years before they are housed.The people of Birmingham need shelter, we have so many derelict buildings in Birmingham and land at our disposal.

500 new Council Homes is welcomed by all of us but is not yet confirmed and concerns that it is not enough and not fast enough.

John, Build Council homes by all means, we have been asking  you to do that since October 2008, however  you don’t have the money or resources to build on all the land you have available to you at the same time. Birmingham City Council’s borrowing is set to hit £3Billion next year, land values have fallen, how are you going to pay that back John ??  Council Tax Rises ?? Rent Rises ??  Why are we not cutting back on your pay instead off rising the rent of average tenant  living on £60 .50 a week.

Sell some of the City’s land to Social Landlord’s who can build homes at the same time (If you had sold some earlier there would be homes on the way and your borrowing would be lower).

Your Housing Report to Council on 3rd February 2009 identified 4 homeless people on the streets of Birmingham COME ON JOHN EVEN YOU CAN’T BELIEVE THAT !!

There are 6 rough sleepers at the Firebird (2 new ones’ joined us from the streets on Thursday last week)  we spoke to another 30 on the streets and identified at least 30 “Cardboard beds” in locations within a 2 minute walk of the Council House. Look at you figures again and tell the people of Birmingham the truth, walk round the City Centre and count the  homeless or join us when we go out to assist them!

Our campaign will not go away or falter until the issues of 30,000 on waiting lists and homeless on the streets are addressed by The Council and Central Government. Crossing your fingers won’t work John be bold and take action!

The people of Birmingham Deserve no less.


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