THE 'COUNCIL housing' group of MPs are organising an inquiry into the government's housing policy. They are inviting activists, council tenants and trade unionists, to come to parliament on Wednesday 12 May contribute evidence to support the 'fourth option' of direct investment in council housing.
Current government policy links investment to one of the three options of stock transfer, the private finance initiative or 'arm's length management schemes' (ALMOs). But these are options that are increasingly being rejected by tenants. Tenants recognise that all three options lead towards the transfer of council housing into the private sector. There was a massive vote against an ALMO scheme in Camden, London. In Wrexham, Wales, tenants voted against a stock transfer.
Organisations including the Local Government Association are now throwing their weight behind the 'fourth option'. The inquiry into the fourth option will feature national speakers and deputations from across the country. It will take place 12 noon to 4pm at the Boothroyd Committee Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons.
Anyone wishing to give verbal evidence or wishing to submit written evidence should write to Austin Mitchell MP, House of Commons, London, by 5 May.