Defend council homes

On Monday 4 January 2021 the council’s Cabinet approved the implementation of the Defend Council Homes policy (pdf 208KB).

Watch the moment the decision was taken on YouTube: Cabinet 4 January 2021.

The Defend Council Homes policy was co-produced with council housing residents and independent legal, policy and housing experts. Read the policy summary (pdf 133KB) used as part of the consultation.

Consultation

The decision was taken by Cabinet after a borough-wide consultation between 1 September and 2 October 2020 with all council housing households. We had an incredible response of over 1,000 online and postal surveys returned, with an overwhelming level of support for the policy. Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond. Here’s a copy of the consultation report (pdf 333KB).

An important safeguard

The Defend Council Homes policy gives council housing residents in Hammersmith & Fulham greater protection over the future of their homes and ensures residents will be fully involved in any proposals to redevelop council homes or the land around them. It follows the guidance that is currently set out in the Mayor's Good Practice Guide to Estate Regeneration: Better Homes for Local People (london.gov.uk, pdf, 630KB).

VIDEO: Cllr Lisa Homan, H&F Cabinet Member for Housing

Cllr Lisa Homan explains why the DCH policy is so important to residents.

VIDEO: A guide to what the DCH policy means for residents

H&F resident Kevin Nathaniel interviews Shirley Cupit, Chair of the Defend Council Homes Unit, which has now concluded its work.

You can find further detail on the policy in our consultation FAQs, and two more in-depth videos below.

VIDEO: When would the DCH policy come into effect and how would it work?

A narrated video by Peter Bevington, member of the Defend Council Homes Unit.

VIDEO: What's to stop the council from ignoring or forgetting the DCH policy in the future?

A narrated video by Anthony Mason, member of the Defend Council Homes Unit.

Next steps

The council is working with the housing representatives' forum, the central body for involvement activities, to develop a plan for implementing and monitoring the policy going forward. A newly formed resident-led Defend Council Homes policy sub-group has been formed to collaborate with officers and monitor the implementation of the policy.

We want to keep this policy fresh in your minds and would encourage you to tell your neighbours about the council’s decision to adopt the policy. If you’re reading this and are part of a tenants' and residents' association, please do feel free to share this article in your next e-newsletter.

If you’ve got any more questions, or want to share your thoughts, please call 020 8753 6652 or email GetInvolved@lbhf.gov.uk