Posts Tagged ‘Housing’


Advisory Service For Squatters is an UNPAID collective of workers who have been running a daily advice service for squatters and homeless people since 1975. It grew out of the former Family Squatters Advisory Service, which was founded in the late 1960s. ASS publishes  The squatters Handbook, the twelfth edition of which is the current one, and has sold in excess of 150,000 copies since 1976.

As we are short of volunteers and money we are rarely able to help students, journalists etc., who so often seem to want us to do their article/project for them. This website has been set up to try to provide all the necessary information without taking up our volunteers’ scarce time. In the resources section you can find articles, documents and various information about squatting including history and ‘squat zines’. There is also a gallery with photographs strecthing back over 30 years.

You Can Contact Us

By telephone  on :

020 3216 0099 or 0845 644 5814  ( if phoning in UK outside London from a landline )

Fax us: 020 3216 0098

Office Opening hours:


(NOT Saturday/Sunday) . Don’t leave it to the last minute before contacting us as we are always busy:-) N.B. If you wish to call in at the office, please phone first.


You can order The NEW Squatters Handbook (12th edition ) from Advisory Service For Squatters, 84b Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX.


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Radical Routes


Radical Routes is a network of radical co-ops whose members are committed to working for positive social change. The network is made up mainly of housing co-ops of various sizes (but none have more than 15 members), a few workers co-ops and a couple of social centres.

Four times a year, the member co-ops get together at “gatherings”. These weekend events have a social function, but are also the places at which all important decisions are taken. They are open meetings and anyone is welcome to attend. The following are typical items that appear on the agenda at these gatherings.

  • It may be that we have to assess an application to join by a co-op;
  • An existing member may want to apply for a loan or ask for a loan repayment holiday if they have financial trouble;
  • A new piece of housing law may be discussed as different co-ops share experience of dealing with their local councils. We often discuss arguments that have worked in bringing about favourable outcomes for our co-ops;
  • Areas of the Radical Routes policy document may be reviewed;
  • Possible new services that we can offer our members may be discussed;
  • Co-ops wishing to join at the next gathering give presentations;
  • Work carried out by member co-ops is reported, and the next quarter’s work is shared out around the network.

In addition there is a parallel programme of introductory workshops for new groups and individuals at every gathering.  

Ethical Investment

Radical Routes is able to make loans to member co-ops due to our ethical investment arm, Rootstock. Radical Routes made its first loan in 1991, and since then has lent out over £573 000 to member co-ops without any bad debts from loans. Rootstock enables people to invest in grassroots co-operative projects while building on the unique track record of Radical Routes.

Mutual Aid

Radical Routes is a form of structured mutual aid. In other words, it is based on people helping each other in organised ways. Radical Routes is about people taking control of their own housing, work, education and leisure activities. People set up co-ops to manage these activities themselves, removing the need for managers, owners, bosses or landlords.

Setting up a successful co-op isn’t always easy, but by joining Radical Routes, co-ops can benefit from the experience of others who have done it before.

Radical Routes Enquiries

For more contact our enquiries point:

Radical Routes Enquiries
c/o Cornerstone Resource Centre
16 Sholebroke Avenue
0845 330 4510
0113 262 9365

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