Campaign group Generation Rent lives to fight another day
The future of the campaign group looked very bleak a month ago, with no guarantee that it would be able to survive past September.
Since it launched an emergency crowdfunding campaign at the end of July, 371 people have donated a total of £17,982. In addition to a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust of £45,500, the funds will allow Generation rent to continue its work with a team of two: director Betsy Dillner and communications manager Dan Wilson Craw.
Dillner said: “The team here has thrown everything we had at fundraising and we have been humbled by the response. It is an incredible feeling to see the number of people and organisations with the confidence in us to donate to keep us in existence. We now have a big task to keep representing the growing private renter population and we will continue to rely on people power for our success.”
Since its launch in March 2014, the group has campaigned successfully to outlaw revenge evictions and cut landlord tax breaks, as well as putting housing at the centre of the General Election campaign.