THE GOVERNMENT is in a panic over its plans to flog off council housing. New Labour made a public commitment to get all homes up to 'decent homes' standard by 2010. It wanted to push the responsibility for improving homes onto the private sector by privatising council homes.
But a housing institute reported that the number of council tenants voting for the privatisation of their homes is likely to 'decline sharply'. This is down to successful anti-privatisation campaigns, and because tenants are experiencing the reality of life under housing associations.