Comedian Russell Brand joined residents of Hackney New Era estate to protest against US property owner Westbrook, which is threatening 93 families with eviction. Protestors marched to Downing Street, where they handed in a petition signed by almost 300,000 people, calling on the prime minister and London mayor Boris Johnson to take action. An estimated 400 people took part in the demonstration to raise awareness of the lack of affordable housing throughout the capital.
Reya El-Salahi reported the details.
To discuss this issue further is Brendan Sarsfield, of Family Mosaic, a housing association that is an umbrella group of 15 of London's largest housing associations, and Paul Carrie who is a squatter.