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Defend Council Housing

Issue No. 1830

HOUSING privatisation plans in Haringey, north London, have been blocked by tenants. A few weeks ago we found out that the council was about to use funds from the council's 'ring-fenced homelessness budget' towards a £612,000 consultancy contract.

This was aimed at achieving ALMO (Arms Length Management) status for Haringey's 18,000 council properties. Haringey Defend Council Housing campaigned against a plan we called 'Robin Hood in reverse'. We lobbied and spoke at a series of council meetings. The plan to plunder the homelessness budget magically disappeared.

Now we are celebrating a victory. The council is considering a revised and scaled-down consultancy budget, and have put plans for ALMOs on hold.
Paul Burnham, Haringey Defend Council Housing

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Sat 14 Dec 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1830
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