Council Housing campaigners are stepping up their fight against New Labour's plans to sell off council houses across Britain. This comes after New Labour minister Stephen Byers' recent announcement that councils will be able to borrow money to improve their housing stocks.
The campaign was made even more urgent by the announcement that tenants in Walsall have voted in favour of the council's plans to sell off 26,000 homes. Tenant activists, trade unions and campaigners from across West Yorkshire met in Bradford last weekend to oppose the sell-off of Bradford's council housing. In Haringey, north London, the local Defend Council Housing campaign's efforts paid off after the council was forced to ditch its transfer proposals. South London's Southwark borough saw two meetings last week.
One in East Dulwich was attended by 60 tenants and health workers, and another on the Aylesbury estate attracted 70 people as the campaign to stop the sell-off of homes continues.