In the Spring Boroughs spring newsletter Tony writes:
Our two Council’s Borough and County provide little service these days to tenants on Spring Boroughs, we can’t even afford street lights! But selling peoples homes from under their feet is the last straw.
The huge benefit of council housing is that some would have us forget that it is democratic. If your council does a bad job maintaining your council homes you can vote them out. You cannot do that to a private landlord, a bank or even a housing association.
By destroying the welfare state and our rights to council homes the government Local and National are taking away democratic accountability.
The Borough Council has now announced that they will spend £2m persuading council tenants to transfer to housing associations, or arms-length Housing Trusts. Housing associations can play a positive role as a minor co-operative sector, but they should not be the lead player in local social housing.
The £2m the Council will waste on consultation should be spent on improvements to homes, but instead you wait and see all the propaganda sent out to tell you that only by selling out will you ever get your repairs seen to. 80% of Spring Boroughs residents are Council Tenants and the Council cannot sell your home unless they ballot you first and ask you to vote in favour of the sell out. Like health, like social care, like education I believe that housing cannot be seen as a commodity but as an essential requirement for life.
So when they ask you, I urge you all to respond, loud and clear with an unequivocal answer.
NO – OUR HOMES ARE NOT FOR SALE