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Housing round-up

Issue No. 1985


Edinburgh council is set to re-ballot tenants after losing the stock transfer ballot in December of last year.

Some 23,000 homes were originally balloted with 53 percent voting “no” to transfer, despite tenants being told that £2 billion would have been made available to the housing association had the transfer gone ahead.

The council intends to proceed with sectional ballots, targeting areas, or even blocks, where the vote against transfer was low.

This is disgraceful behaviour from a council that should now listen to their tenants and fight for the “fourth option” of direct investment.


Tenants in the London borough of Haringey have discovered that there are secret plans to shift their Arm’s Length Management Organisation (Almo), currently council-owned, into the private sector, to give it control over our rent and service charge accounts, and to open them to private finance.

A slim majority voted yes to an Almo in Haringey’s ballot of its 20,000 tenants and leaseholders last year.

We were told that the Almo was an investment vehicle that meant staying with the council.

Several Almos have been setting up new private companies to make profits outside their home boroughs.

Tenants and residents are meeting at the Civic Centre, Wood Green, at 6.30pm on Wednesday 1 February to stop this latest threat to privatise their homes.

Paul Burnham


Delegations from 81 council boroughs across Britain have already been confirmed for Defend Council Housing’s lobby of parliament on Wednesday 8 February.

Labour councillor Jane Roberts from West Lancashire said, “West Lancashire tenants and councillors will be coming to ensure that tenants get a real choice, fair funding and the services tenants pay for – not a one-sided propaganda campaign.”

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Sat 28 Jan 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1985
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