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Defend Council Housing

Issue No. 1913

LABOUR’S National Policy Forum has embarrassed ministers by submitting a “minority motion” for debate at Labour’s conference in September.

This calls for a “level playing field” for council housing as an alternative to privatisation.

Key sections of Labour’s core support—local councillors, trade unions and MPs—want the government to concede the “fourth option”, direct investment in council housing, before the general election expected next May.

Socialists in trade unions affiliated to Labour should put motions calling on their union’s national delegation to the conference to support the “minority motion”.

They should also send resolutions to their local Constituency Labour Party to mandate its delegates.

Every local authority with council housing is required by government to conduct an “options appraisal”, and is under pressure to accept stock transfer, PFI or Arms Length Management Organisations.

As tenants in Birmingham, Dudley, Stroud, Camden and elsewhere have shown, housing privatisation can be defeated where there is an effective campaign that puts the alternative.

Defend Council Housing national committee meeting, “Building effective local campaigns”, Saturday 11 September, 11.30am-4.30pm, United Services Club, Gough Street, Birmingham.

Go to or phone 020 7987 9989 for further information and a model motion.

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Sat 7 Aug 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1913
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