Two thumping victories for council tenants underline the continuing political backlash against housing privatisation.
In Gravesham, Kent, 86 percent of tenants voted against transferring their homes to Thameside Housing Association.
The Gravesham campaign was highlighted at this year’s Labour Party conference when the successful motion against the government’s policy was moved by one of its activists.
Meanwhile in Salisbury, Wiltshire, tenants voted 74 percent against transfer.
These two successes mean that in 2006 the majority of housing ballots have gone against transfer – a direct confrontation with a central plank of government social policy.
Thousands of tenants, councillors, activists, trade unionists and Labour Party members have been pitched into a battle with ministers – and in general they have won.
A new early day motion on funding decent council housing (EDM 136) has been presented to parliament.
It calls on the government to provide the fourth option of direct investment to council housing as a matter or urgency.
It suggests that direct investment in decent, affordable, secure and accountable council housing is essential to provide housing needs for that rising proportion of people who are unable to get onto the ownership ladder.
Get your MP to sign it.