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Defend Council Housing anger at Lambeth decision

Issue No. 2061

Defend Council Housing (DCH) campaigners are angry that Lambeth council in south London has declared that a ballot on the future of the borough’s housing stock was in favour of transfer to an arms length management organisation (Almo).

They argue that because less than half the votes were in favour of housing stock being transferred, then the transfer should be halted.

The vote comes as Gordon Brown has promised a new future for council housing. But he has not yet addressed in detail allowing existing council tenants an alternative to privatisation.

DCH, Lambeth Tenants’ Council and local MP Kate Hoey have all criticised the “snap” ballot, the questions on the ballot paper and the thousands of pounds the council has spent distributing expensive glossy literature and DVDs to promote the transfer to tenants.

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Tue 24 Jul 2007, 18:14 BST
Issue No. 2061
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