Night Film: “Behind the rent strike”

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Date(s) - 25/05/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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45 years ago. Kirkby. 3000 tenants led a historic 14-month protest against rent rises and poor housing. The National Government had introduced the Housing Finance Act 1972. This promoted so-called “fair rents”, whereby local Councils would be forced in stages to increase rents according to the value of the house as if it were for sale on an open housing market. The Act came into force on the 2nd October 1972. Rent strikes by tenants followed. One of the most militant was in Tower Hill. Kirkby tenants started a total rent strike on the 9th October 1972. The protest lasted until 24th December 1973.