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Selby tenants win housing vote

Issue No. 1992

Tenants in Selby, North Yorkshire, voted last week to stay with the council rather than transfer their homes. Over 65 percent voted to stay with the council. The turnout was 75.6 percent.

The vote against transfer came despite promises of £26.5 million invested in tenants homes if it went ahead.

The vote shows how deeply unpopular the government’s policy of trying to privatise council housing is among tenants.

The government has lost eight out of 11 stock transfer ballots held in December plus a big no vote by tenants in Mid Devon last month.

Alan Walter, chair of Defend Council Housing, said, “Another big no vote by tenants adds to the pressure on ministers to change government policy.

“If choice and democracy mean anything then ministers should now listen to council tenants, a growing numbers of MPs and local councillors, the TUC and trade unions – and their own party conference.

“Stop wasting public money pushing privatisation and give us the ‘fourth option’ – direct investment to improve council homes and estates.”

Winning the fourth option, DCH annual conference. 22 May, London. www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk


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Sat 18 Mar 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1992
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