MPs IN the House of Commons council housing group have called for a moratorium on local authorities pushing ahead with privatisation of council housing.
The move comes after the vote at the Labour Party conference where delegates overwhelmingly backed a “level playing field” for council housing as an alternative to the government’s three options of stock transfer, PFI and ALMOs.
Austin Mitchell, chair of the MPs’ group, says, “Tenants deserve a real choice. We must review the situation quickly—stop bribing, bamboozling and bullying council tenants before the approaching elections.”
The Defend Council Housing campaign has produced a special eight-page newspaper to publicise the fight against privatisation. It is also holding a conference on 29 October.
Bulk order copies of the new paper to distribute to tenants, trade unions and councillors (£18 per 100 / £100 per 1,000). Go to www.defend councilhousing.org.uk
A 150-STRONG conference of council tenants in Southwark, south London, at the weekend voted by 88 to 12 percent that there should be no reduction in council housing in a new regeneration scheme.
The conference also voted that where there were plans to build housing association homes, council houses should be built instead.
Tenants also voted enthusiastically to campaign with the Defend Council Housing group to force the government to allow councils to build more council housing in the future.