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About us

Who We Are

Living Rent is Scotland’s tenants and community union. We are a democratic organisation run by and for our members.

We fight for a society built, led by and organised for the people. 

We are a mass-membership union of tenants, carers, workers and residents, rooted in working-class struggle. We organise collectively to build the power to secure material improvements to our daily lives and put power back where it belongs: in the hands of ordinary people. 

We build this power to fight for better rights and better protections against rent increases, evictions, lack of public services, high energy bills, pollution and poor-quality housing.  We know our current political system is failing ordinary people and we refuse to wait for politicians or charities to change things for the better. 

We will organise across every aspect of our lives to win what we deserve.

We are not affiliated to any political party.

 

See more about our history here!

 

Living Rent is a fully mutual Company Limited by Guarantee 
Our company number is: SC505467
Our Registered Office is: 617, 12 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1DD
Here is a copy of our Articles of Association





We are part of ACORN International 

ACORN International is building a movement to take on the challenges facing poor and working-class people in developing economies and polities. We build community organizations in these countries to mobilize poor and working-class residents to fight for their rights and build democratic culture and institutions. Through local membership-based organizations in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, ACORN International fights for the basic rights of people – better security, health, housing, education, and employment conditions, and more responsive, truly representative government


On Est Ensemble - ACORN Cameroon

What We Do

Our mission is to build an organised, permanent mass-membership working class union.

  • We organise and empower working-class and marginalised communities to secure a better quality of life, and to strengthen equality, solidarity and democracy across society. We do this by sustaining our victories through clear strategies and employing all available tactics, including direct action.
  • We build community networks to struggle across scale: neighbourhoods, towns, cities, rural areas, regions and the country as a whole.
  • We build the infrastructure and resources to begin taking power into our own hands.
  • We combine and coordinate activities across the union and with allies in order to build a social movement to achieve our goals.
  • We provide education for our members, developing the knowledge and skills needed to achieve radical change. We demystify politics by supporting our members to analyse and confront power at every level, learning through struggle.
  • We fund and resource the union’s work through its membership in order to maximise our independence, sustainability and democratic accountability.

Our structure

We are organised from the bottom up. We build branches - usually in a neighbourhood - where people organise to take action on local issues. Branch members elect their leadership, a committee who is accountable to local members and to the wider vision of the union. When there are enough local branches in a town or region, they form a city or regional forum to coordinate their campaigns and actions. 

Branches work together on national campaigns, through the national forum. The National Committee, which is composed of members elected by the annual general meeting as well as co-opted members, is legally responsible for the organisation and ensures that the organisation respects its values, the strategic directions given by its members and that it has good governance.

We have active branches across the country. You can check out the events near you and get in touch if you want to build you own branch.

How We Are Funded

As a union, we function through a dues model: our members support us and this means that we are accountable to members and put members' interests first. We feel very strongly about being democratic and member-run: your member dues keeps us working for you, our members. You can join here.

Trade unions have also supported our work by affiliating to Living Rent. We are grateful for such support and if you want to ask your union branch to affiliate, contact us

We also seek external funding to support our activities and enable the growth of the union.

National Committee

Every year, members elect the national committee during Living Rent's annual general meeting.
The current committee is:

  • Zineerah Ali: Govanhill member, law student.
  • Annie Craig: Govan member and full-time carer.
  • Ruaraidh Dempster: Gorgie Dalry member and adviser for energy charity.
  • Aditi Jehangir: Leith member, programme developement manager for a charity.
  • Andrew Kellard: Dennistoun member, employment adviser trade union.
  • Joey Simons: Govanhill member and educator.
  • Barbara Welsh, Partick member.
  • Beatrice Onashile, Govanhill member.
  • Cameron Beattie, Govanhill member.
  • Elise Corry, Leith member.
     

Staff

We currently have a small number of staff who work alongside elected leaders to support the union's growth:

  • Emma Saunders - National Organiser
  • Ewan McLennan - Field Director
  • Jon Black - Operations Manager
  • Rufus Bouverie - Communications Officer
  • James Roberts - Membership Organiser

Glasgow & West Coast

  • Sonja Coquelin - Glasgow City Head Organiser 
  • George Lavery - Glasgow Organiser - Castlemilk
  • Glenna Jones - Glasgow Organiser - Torryglen
  • Gavin McLements -  Glasgow Organiser - Govan
  • Levi Mitchell - Glasgow Member Defence Organiser

Edinburgh & East Coast

  • Sinéad McNulty - Edinburgh City Organiser 
  • Emily Donnelly - Research organiser
  • Chris Cullen - Edinburgh Organiser Lochend
  • Izzi Brannen - Member defence organiser
  • Matthew Kirk - Edinburgh Organiser Leith
  • Niamh McNulty - Edinburgh Organiser Saughton

 

We are a Living Wage employer

 

We receive funding from the People's Health Trust.