A PARLIAMENTARY committee heard last week that the private housing companies lining up to take over council homes face a growing cash crisis. The House of Commons public accounts committee heard how 13 housing associations had to be taken over by rivals to avoid going bust.
It also heard that one in three housing associations had failed to submit their accounts on time-suggesting a financial crisis. The revelation came as campaigns against the government's plans are stepping up a gear around the country.
The most important battles will come in Birmingham and Glasgow, where Britain's two biggest council landlords are attempting to hand their homes to private companies. All this makes the national conference organised by the Defend Council Housing campaign in Birmingham on 9 February all the more important.
It will bring together tenants, housing campaigners and trade unionists to discuss the issues behind the privatisation threat. Already one in three councils are rethinking housing privatisation plans, after the government signalled it would allow councils to borrow more money.
A determined national campaign can win far more concessions from the government and stop the privatisation bandwagon in its tracks.
Defend Council Housing national conference, 10am-4.30pm, Saturday 9 February, Christian Centre, The Parade, Birmingham city centre. Phone Defend Council Housing on 020 7987 9989 or email firstname.lastname@example.org