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RTPI takes part in biggest housing rally in a generation

18 March 2015

Homes For Britain Bus Up Close 150317

The RTPI’s Chief Executive, Trudi Elliott (pictured right) led one of the main sessions at the Homes for Britain rally attended by over 2,500 in central London. At the biggest housing rally in a generation, Trudi chaired a discussion on the seminal 1960s film Cathy Come Home which led to the formation of Crisis. Trudi’s panel included the film’s director Ken Loach, Crisis Chief Executive Matt Downey, Shelter Chief Executive Campbell Rob and Member of the Homeless Youth Parliament Mariam Ahmed.


We want your ideas

Trudi Elliott asked the audience for their ideas for helping to create a Cathy Come Home moment at the General Election. How do we ensure that this time it leads to the transformational change we need to end the housing crisis once and for all? Please share your ideas via #CathyComeHome.

Homes For Britain Panel

 RTPI is a founder partner of Homes for Britain which is calling on all political parties to commit to end the housing crisis within a generation.

 RTPI staff and members attended the rally which included a range of speakers from the main political parties and campaign groups. There was also music and short films shown to highlight the scale of the problem. RTPI Policy Officer Kathie Pollard (pictured below) got behind the wheel of the homelessness bus to help promote the event.


Homes For Britain Kathie Bus

Hundreds of other organisations are actively involved in the campaign. These include everyone from Shelter and Generation Rent to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Town and Country Planning Association.




Listen to the session podcast.

Read the Guardian report and video of the rally.