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