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Homes for Britain Rally

Staff from Tai Calon Community Housing will be among a 50 strong Welsh contingent travelling to London on Tuesday calling on political parties to end the housing crisis within a generation.

Community Housing Cymru, the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru and 23 Welsh housing organisations will be taking part in the Homes for Britain rally.

The aim is to raise housing up the political agenda and awareness with the public on how the housing crisis affects them both directly or indirectly.

The 2,500 strong rally will bring together every part of the housing world from private developers to homelessness campaigners, from social housing providers to private landlords. It will be the largest ever of its kind and the aim is to call on the next UK government to commit to a long-term plan, within a year of taking office.

The speakers will include, film director Ken Loach who made Cathy Come Home; Jonathan Cridland, Director-General of the CBI; Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC and the Bishop of Rochester, James Langstaff, who is the lead on housing in the House of Lords.

The group from Wales will also attend a reception at the House of Commons with 24 Welsh MPs, including Nick Smith, MP for Blaenau Gwent. He will be meeting Natalie Egan, Community Involvement Worker, and Hefina Rendle, Communications and PR Manager from Tai Calon.

The Welsh politicians will be asked for their help in repealing the so called bedroom tax; for Welsh tenants to be given the same choice for direct payments under Universal Credit as those in Scotland and Northern Ireland; and for Wales to get a fair funding deal from Westminster.

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