Socialist Worker

Social housing residents vote for council control in Sheffield

by Paul Page, Sheffield council tenant and Defend Council Housing campaigner
Issue No. 2293

Residents in Sheffield have voted overwhelmingly to return the management of their social housing back to the local council.

Sheffield’s 42,000 council houses are currently run by a private company. But 88 percent of tenants have now voted to hand control back to Sheffield council.

This will mean that staff will transfer back to the council in 2014. The private company Sheffield Homes will be wound up.

This victory is the result of an active tenants campaign in support of council control.

The campaign involved Defend Council Housing supporters petitioning meetings, leafleting estates and pushing their case on local radio shows and newspaper interviews.

Activists also spent weekends touring estates calling for a return to council control. The vote will mean more money going directly into tenant services.

Click here to subscribe to our daily morning email newsletter 'Breakfast in red'

Article information

Tue 6 Mar 2012, 18:39 GMT
Issue No. 2293
Share this article


Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.