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Minister’s shocking revelations

Issue No. 1912

TWO MONTHS ago Tory-controlled Taunton Deane Borough Council met and voted to pursue a costly consultation over housing stock transfer (privatisation).

This will lead to a ballot of all 6,400 tenants in the Deane in approximately 18 months time.

The Labour councillors voted with the Tories in support of this motion, while the Lib Dems opposed it.

During the meeting Councillor Garner, executive member of the council with responsibility for housing, gave a report of his recent meeting with the minister for housing, Keith Hill.

When asked what the council should do if tenants voted against the transfer, Keith Hill replied that they should ballot again.

And if they voted no a second time? The minister’s response was to tell them to keep balloting until they got a yes vote.

So much for democracy!

They can ballot as many times as they like—this tenant will be saying no every time and encouraging all tenants to do likewise. The “vote no” campaign starts here.
PATRICIA ROWE Taunton Deane council tenant, joint assistant branch secretary Somerset County Unison (personal capacity)

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Sat 31 Jul 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1912
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