Statement from the Aylesbury Estate Occupation

fightforourcityThe Aylesbury Estate occupiers have issued the statement below.  Visit and please share/tweet their website at:

Since the “March for Homes” demo on 31st January, we have re-opened and occupied a part of the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark, South London.

We are tenants, squatters, and other people who care about how our city is being grabbed by the rich, by developers and corrupt politicians, socially cleansed and sold off for profit.

The Aylesbury Estate is where Tony Blair made his first speech as Prime Minister in 1997, making empty promises about social housing. Since then, for the past 18 years, Southwark Council and their developer friends have come up with one misguided scheme after another. All with the same result: to dispossess the residents, demolish their homes, and dispose of the land.

In 2001 Aylesbury tenants fought and won a campaign against demolition and voted down the original scheme in a ballot. But now big areas of the estate are emptied and sealed up awaiting the bulldozers, while residents are “decanted” away from the area.

The same bullshit that we have seen on the nearby Heygate estate, and all across London.

No demolition of the Aylesbury.

No yuppy flats.

Homes for all.

We are here to fight for the Aylesbury.

We are here to fight for our city.

We are here to liberate this space and bring it back to life. Come and join us.

PS: Thank you to everyone who has come down to show support, to all our neighbours and to those who have even come from as far away as Hackney bringing tea!

PPS: Come along to our public assembly today at 6.30PM. All neighbours and friendly visitors are warmly invited.

You can find us at 77 – 105 Chartridge, Westmoreland Road, SE17.

For more background info on the Aylesbury Estate and other struggles in
our area check out:

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44 responses to “Statement from the Aylesbury Estate Occupation

  1. Our busy local post office was a hive of activity, serving many people each day…………….
    It is now a Boozebusters store with a tiny post office in the corner. We are seeing the very fabric of our society torn to shreds, ashamed to admit being British.
    My heart goes out to you as you pursue this travesty of justice. You are a true inspiration to the rest of the country who watch with baited breath.

    What you are witnessing is a breach of your Human Rights. This government does not represent the wishes of the electorate, they are puppets of the multinationals who fill their pockets………………

    Your plight is not even secondary, you are been led down the garden path by politicians having conflicts of interests that line their own pockets.

    “We are behind you all the way, they are but criminals who hide behind tainted legislation”


      Over the last few years, under the Tory diktat, the living allowance has been rebranded as a personal income, with the entitlement deducted from housing benefit.

      Not only are the disabled being shafted by the likes of Atos and Maximus, the DWP are stealing the DLA that allows for disabled to live a near equal life to that of an able bodied.

      As the funeral pyre from the fallout of twisted social cleansing gathers momentum, the government keep removing pages from their websites to blur the reality of what the benefits were originally paid for.
      Anyone visiting the site for DLA will find that the explanation of what DLA is paid for has been deliberately removed.

      The same with Industrial Injuries Benefit. It used to state it was paid for a disability or disease that was caused by an accident or incident at work, now it says that it “may be paid”………………

      This freedom of information illustrates how the DWP blatantly ignore that DLA payments are treated as personal income;

      …………………………the Dwp REPLY IS JUST COMPLETE GARBAGE




    ……………..It seems the DWP can be lawmaker, judge and jury all in one, reference to the HUMAN RIGHTS ACTS, state this is not possible, but ask yourselves how are they able to get away with what is total nonsense.

    Human Rights state that a person has the right to a fair, impartial and independent hearing.

    It also states that the apellant should be provided with legal aid, something that has been removed from all those who seek it.

    We are accelerating backwards at a rate never witnessed before…..

  3. Nice to see it is definitely YOU back on. Was reading about a young disabled girl who wrote about her life and her plight with all of these benefit cuts – she died on the 29th January 2015. Her name was Lucy. In one of her posts she wrote about David Cameron jumping in front of her wheelchair to greet Sean Beam at a Charity function and did not even acknowledge her presence. A very poignant story written from her heart. I feel so humbled and at the same time very angry at the way these Politicians think they can trample over people’s lives. Hope your friend got on okay.

  4. Universal Credit costs will not be revealed until after general election

    Computer Weekly – Tuesday 27 January 2015

    The government will not reveal the full cost of its troubled Universal Credit system until after the general election in May 2015, Computer Weekly has learned.

    The last time it calculated an official cost estimate for the whole project, in 2012, it was £12.85bn. But while the cost is said to have since burgeoned, with the project now running two years behind its original schedule and with problems having complicated its development, the government has not updated the official estimate for more than two years.

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which leads development of Universal Credit, and the Cabinet Office, which has responsibility for project oversight, have concealed the revised cost estimate since tearing up plans for the computer system in 2013 after two years of development – a process they called a “reset”.

    They kept the number secret even after they finished re-scoping the project in September 2014, excluding it from the latest National Audit Office (NAO) review of Universal Credit in November that year.

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    • …………Absolutely disgusting Razor. The DWP sit back and watch people die as this hare brained scheme eats money faster than a Las Vegas gaming table.

      The architects of this abomination should be hung, drawn and quartered.
      It is not just a complete waste of money, it is a crime against all those left to suffer and pick up the pieces.

      Our public accounts commitee are nothing short of inept, Hodge should be challenged for allowing this to happen.


  5. Bloody hell £12.85bn estimated costs of Universal credit up to year 2012.
    No wonder they can’t afford to train the unemployed up!…… Or is the the bill for IDS and his friends food bill for the morning!

    • They imposed a cap on welfare spending in 2014, of just short of £120 billion, yet the dreams of one imbecile, IAIN DUNCAN SMITH, carry an open cheque…………..

      noun: imbecile; plural noun: imbeciles

      a stupid person.
      synonyms: fool, idiot, cretin, moron, dolt, halfwit, ass, dunce, dullard, simpleton, nincompoop, blockhead, ignoramus, clod;

  6. They should be ashamed to show their faces in the House of Commons – but then we all know they have no morals left.

  7. BBC Inside Out Aylesbury Estate – 8th Sep 2014

  8. Front Row – Aylesbury Heygate – BBC Radio 4 – Published on 4 Apr 2014

    An excerpt from the BBC Radio 4 programme Front Row about the residents of the Aylesbury who don’t want any more films made on their estate.

  9. “nothings changed then”

    “….vagabonds, idle and suspected persons shall be set in the stocks for three days and three nights and have none other sustenance but bread and water and then shall be put out of Town. Every beggar suitable to work shall resort to the Hundred where he last dwelled, is best known, or was born and there remain upon the pain aforesaid”.

    …………………now replaced by sanctions as a first resort

    Fear of the ‘idle poor’
    Fear of the ‘idle’ poor can be traced back to the medieval period itself, particularly after the ‘Black Death’ pandemic in the mid 1300’s that resulted in the deaths of millions of people in Europe, a pandemic that decimated Britain’s population by an estimated 40%, and leaving a massive shortage of labour that also drove up the ‘wages’ of the labourers who survived. Therefore, shortly after the ‘Black Death’ pandemic, it was expected that all those who could work should work, an expectation that also gave expression to a deep rooted fear amongst Britain’s political elite that some people are just too bone idle to work, and would quite happily survive on charity.
    Parliamentary concerns about ‘idleness’ and a diminishing ‘work ethic’ are therefore not a new thing, and highlight enduring negative beliefs about Britain’s poor by its middle and upper classes – beliefs that can be traced back as far as we wish. For example, archives from 1495 reveal the harsh statutes concerning the ‘idle’ poor, implemented by Britain’s parliament of the time:




    Mark Harper, the minister for disabled people, told MPs last month that he had “talked to disability organisations… and they agree with the government” that the ILF should be closed and non-ring-fenced funding passed instead to local authorities.

    When DNS asked DWP in a Freedom of Information Act (FoI) request to name the organisations Harper was referring to, a civil servant replied: “I have conducted a search of department records and conclude that the information you have requested is not held.”

    DNS asked for this response to be reviewed, but another DWP civil servant has now defended the department’s failure to provide the information.

    A DWP official said this week that FoI requests for such information only applied to recorded information, and added: “I am satisfied that the information you have requested is not recorded, this is because Ministers hold a number of informal conversations with stakeholders, for which no formal records are held by the department.”

  13. “A DWP official said this week that FoI requests for such information only applied to recorded information, and added: “I am satisfied that the information you have requested is not recorded, this is because Ministers hold a number of informal conversations with stakeholders, for which no formal records are held by the department.”

    This statement from the DWP is !00% bullshit, which makes the evidence that Harper gave, null and void.

    The Independent Living Fund is a lifeline for many seriously disabled people. MARK HARPER IS TO DISABILITY, WHAT SOOTY IS TO DEEP THROAT…………………


  14. Vote CLASS WAR!!


  15. Government and Labour trade accusations and insults over Universal Credit progress

    Computer Weekly – Monday 02 February 2015 17:30

    The political battle over the future of Universal Credit is heating up as the general election approaches, with the Conservative and Labour parties trading insults and accusations in an extraordinary exchange of letters.

    Shadow employment minister Stephen Timms wrote to secretary of state for work and pensions Iain Duncan Smith on 21 January 2015, after the latest Universal Credit update showed just 26,940 people were claiming the new benefit – less than 3% of Duncan Smith’s original forecast of one million people on the system by April 2014, according to Timms.

    In the letters, which have been seen by Computer Weekly, Timms cited “unnecessary secrecy”, “glacial progress” and “absurd” claims over project delivery. In his reply, sent on 22 January 2015, Duncan Smith (pictured) accused Labour of lying over its support for Universal Credit and criticised the party at length over IT failures during its time in government.

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    Also on the link page further down

    From Stephen Timms to Iain Duncan Smith, 21 January 2015

    Dear Iain,

    Progress of Universal Credit
    Reply from Iain Duncan Smith to Stephen Timms, 22 January 2015

    Dear Stephen,

    Progress of Universal Credit

  16. Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog.

  17. Chris Grayling MP: Human rights reform

    Conservative Voice – 10th Jan 2015

    Chris Grayling is the Secretary of State for Justice, Lord Chancellor and MP for Epsom and Ewell.

    There’ll be a lot of rewriting of history over the next three months. Lib Dems will tell us that they didn’t really support many of the things they voted for. Labour will conveniently forget all the massive mistakes they made in Government, and claim that only they have the right ideas for Britain’s future.

    But there will be one battle ground where our opponents have been consistent – and one where they clearly plan to take the battle to us. Human Rights.

    The Conservative Party has campaigned for years for a complete overhaul of our human rights laws. We have argued that they are distorting justice and in fact basic fairness in this country. Our current human rights laws are putting the rights of those who wish to harm this country ahead of the rights of law abiding citizens. Labour and the Lib Dems have argued equally strongly that things are fine, just the way they are – in fact my opposite number Sadiq Khan actually argued for more human rights laws at the Labour party conference. There can be no clearer example of the divide between Conservatives and the other main parties in the way this country should be run.

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    • There is no battle in Human Rights & Equality Laws.

      • Dodgy Dave`s Human Rights Man With Plan.

        • Funny how your breaking every Human Rights Law – Equality Law – Disability Law – Discrimination Laws – Could go on & on !!!!

          • …..Hence the non independence of the DWP and JUDICIARY,


            • Grayling has no intentions on securing rights, he is hellbent on changing the legislation to fit what he is doing at present. A form of retrospective legislation to try and fend off the EU who are investigating, gross, systemic breaches of human rights by the UK government on it’s citizens.

              …………….just wait for the fireworks to begin !

              The UK government have recently had a bollocking from withholding books from being sent to prisoners.
              But rather than do what they have been instructed, they chose to challenge the EU by acting like pathetic schoolkids kicking their ball away………..
              Saying it was ok for friends and family to send books to prisoners, but they must come frome one of four selected sources.

              Every day they tinker with the law, thinking nobody will notice, the DWP must disappear up it’s own arse every time somebody asks a question.


            • Corrupt, corrupt from the bottom to the top…. and they tell me it’s the law…

  18. Anybody out there know if sanctions will extend into the housing benefit element of universal credit?

    • Mr Reckless
      “Sanctions will not be applied to the whole Universal Credit award. Rather, it will apply only to the equivalet amount sanctioned under the current benefits system, so equivalent to Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.”
      The above is from
      under the heading “Conditionality”.

      • Molotov Cocktail

        The fuckers will have thought about it though, done and ‘impact assessment’, and because of the expected consequences (no out of the goodness of their hearts) have decided to leave the things the way they are. Of course Work roaches and ‘work programme’ ‘adviser’ in their deluded Nazi-esque power-trip would love the ‘power’ to turf benefit claimants onto the streets, albeit they could be cutting their own throats – literally!


    “The next Conservative manifesto will promise to scrap the Human Rights Act. It’s why Chris Grayling is leading a review of our relationship with the European court [of human rights],” she told the party’s conference. “And it’s why the Conservative position is clear – if leaving the European convention is what it takes to fix our human rights laws, that is what we should do,” she said to applause.

    May was followed by the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, who set out a timetable for the development of their policy for a radical reform of human rights law. He said the Conservatives would publish a document in 2014 “setting out what we will do, when we will do it, and how we will do it”, followed by a draft bill setting out the legal detail later in the year.


    …………….no wonder he wants to change human rights.

    Loss of secret computer disk identifying marksman who shot Mark Duggan

    In January 2015, data relating to 3 fatal police shootings including details of marksmen and the deceased’s family were lost in the post by the justice department According to the Guardian it was particularly embarrassing for Grayling as the Government was claiming it needed to access personal data to detail with terrorism & could keep it securely. The Duggan shooting triggered the 2011 England riots

    “I personally always took the view that, if you look at the case of should a Christian hotel owner have the right to exclude a gay couple from a hotel, I took the view that if it’s a question of somebody who’s doing a B&B in their own home, that individual should have the right to decide who does and who doesn’t come into their own home. If they are running a hotel on the high street, I really don’t think that it is right in this day and age that a gay couple should walk into a hotel and be turned away because they are a gay couple, and I think that is where the dividing line comes”

    Grayling came under fire as Shadow Home Secretary over the Conservative Party’s use of statistics on violent crime.[45] In February 2010, the Conservative Party issued press releases to every constituency in the UK claiming that crime had “risen sharply” in the UK. They failed, however, to take into account the more rigorous system for recording crime. The chairman of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir Michael Scholar, said that the figures Grayling was using were “likely to mislead the public”

    Between 2001 and 2009,[38] Grayling claimed expenses for his flat in Pimlico, close to the Houses of Parliament, despite having a constituency home no further than 17 miles away[39] and owning two buy to let properties in Wimbledon.[40] Grayling says he uses the flat when “working very late” because he needs to “work very erratic and late hours most days when the House of Commons is sitting.”[41]

    During the Parliamentary expenses scandal, The Daily Telegraph reported that Grayling refitted and redecorated the flat in 2005 costing over £5,000.[39] Grayling said that both the water and electrical systems failed “leaving the place needing a major overhaul”.[40]

    Grayling’s expenses issue was seen as embarrassing for the Conservative Party as he had previously criticised Labour ministers for being implicated in sleaze scandals.[42]

    ……………..honest Chris, just takes the piss

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