Nice sentiments but the wrong facts

Nice sentiments but the wrong facts

The Leader and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats at Northampton Borough Council have put a motion for the next Council meeting.

Text of the motion:  

(vi) Councillor Beardsworth to propose and Councillor Meredith to second:

“This Council notes the Conservative group’s plans to consult on stock transfer of Northampton’s Council Housing.

This Council believes that this is not in the best interests of Northampton’s tenants who would stand to lose their right to buy, face higher rents and lose their democratic control over their landlords.

This Council further notes that the Conservative manifesto at the 2011 elections said:

“We recognise and value the special nature of Sheltered Housing in Northampton, and the need to protect vulnerable adults from uncertainty about the future of their homes. Because of this, Sheltered Housing stock would be retained under the control of Northampton Borough Council.”

This Council is alarmed by media reports quoting the Conservative Cabinet Member saying that Sheltered Housing may be transferred, in direct contradiction to this manifesto promise.

This Council calls on the Conservative administration to keep to their manifesto promise and protect sheltered housing from stock transfer.”

End…

NORTHAMPTON DEFEND COUNCIL HOUSING AS ALWAYS MAINTAINED THAT WE WILL GIVE YOU FACTS NOT FICTION

We have wrote to the above Councillors pointing out the facts…

Dear Councillor Beardsworth and Meredith

I note the motion you have tabled for the 23rd April and welcome the sentiments, BUT would question your assertion ‘tenants who would stand to lose their right to buy’.

The facts as we understand them are:

Tenants would have the statutory Preserved Right to Buy (PRTB)

If you have the Right to Buy (RTB) with the council you will have the statutory Preserved Right to Buy (PRTB) after transfer. This means that you have the right to buy your home even though you have become an assured tenant.

Under the Preserved Right to Buy the “cost floor” rule (which lets the landlords reduce discounts because of works carried out to a property) allows landlords to take account of works carried out over a 15 year period from the point of transfer rather than a 10-11 year period for a local authority. Also new landlords are allowed to take account of works initially required to the property after transfer.

IF you think differently could you please inform us as to how you can make a case that tenants would lose their right to buy?

Regards,

Northampton Defend Council Housing.

Northampton Defend Council Housing view:

 

We would hope that the motion would be amended to read

This Council believes that this is not in the best interests of Northampton’s tenants who would stand to lose their right to buy, face higher rents and lose their democratic control over their landlords.

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