Social housing tenants blocked roads as executives arrived at the £345-a-head UK Housing Awards in London on Thursday night.
Suited and booted guests were forced to make their way inside to chants of “shame on you” as protesters claimed housing association bosses were using their rent money to buy champagne inside but not carry out repairs.
The event, held at the InterContinental hotel, in the shadow of Greenwich’s O2 arena, was attended by housing association employees, council employees, and others from the housing sector.
Kwajo Tweneboa, a housing activist and housing association tenant, told The Big Issue he considered the protest a success.
“I was disgusted at the CEOs walking past and laughing at us protesting for decent housing provided by them, meanwhile they spent £4,000 on tables, no doubt funded by the rent we pay. Completely immoral and inhumane,” he said.
“Just goes to show how little they care, but well done to everyone that came out.”