Housing benefits and complex care needs

Paul Rutherford tells the story of how he and his wife Susan fought to overturn a policy that would have seen housing benefit reduced if you had a spare room, dubbed the ‘Bedroom Tax’. The family, who needed the room for an overnight carer to help look after their disabled grandson, took their case to the High Court and won.

Living Song CIC

Jane Wheeler tells the story of founding Living Song CIC, rooted in Newham, East London, and centred around singing. By providing opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds to develop a sense of self and connections with each other, Living Song builds community through the belief that singing is for all and helps people unite, with their differences.

P.E.A.C.H

People’s Empowerment Alliance for Custom House
Hero Austin and Margaret Agyapong talk about tactics used in the People’s Empowerment Alliance for Custom House (PEACH) campaign. Working with hundreds of other families living in unsafe and unhealthy homes owned by a private corporation, Hero and Margaret successfully campaigned to return the properties to council ownership and secured rent reductions for all.

PSOOL – Police Spies Out Of Lives

PSOOL was established in 2012 by eight women who had been political activists to bring a legal case against the Metropolitan Police for deploying undercover police officers into their personal lives, including deceptive intimate relationships with them. It began as a support group and expanded to campaigning for justice and change to prevent such deception.

Tescno

The Lewis family talk about the creative tactics used as part of their local Tescno campaign in Leicester, UK. Their aim was to challenge the supermarket giant and protect local smaller independent shops by galvanising people of all ages and backgrounds to take action.

Think big, campaign smart

Helen Barnard shares ‘smart’ tips for activists campaigning for a better future. Her advice is to: seek common ground, not the high ground; use language the public can engage with and let those with lived experience lead. Helen is also one of our Explainers

We Belong

Chrisann Jarrett and Kimberly Garande from the organisation We Belong talk about the tactics they use to challenge the hostile environment and its impact on young migrants. They describe how they appeal to common values of cross party politicians to bridge political divides and raise awareness of the issues.