As at 18th April 2012 Northampton Borough Council is still issuing the following Tenant Handbook
Minutes of the 12th March Council :
He (Northampton Defend Council Housing) queried who would be entitled to vote if the future of the housing stock was put to a vote of tenants. DCLG advice was that all tenants including those with Introductory Tenancies would be able to vote provided that they held that Introductory Tenancy before the Stage 2 ballot was called. However, advice from the Council was that only tenants with secure tenancies would be able to vote. Clarity was needed.
Question down for 23rd April 2012 Council:
As outlined at the last council meeting my (Northampton Defend Council Housings) concerns that some of our tenants were party to tenancy agreements that undermined statutory rights.
Would you please explain what actions if any have been taken to rectify the matter, and what actions have been taken to ascertain the lack of effective legal overview before introduction?
Defend Council Housing view:
As reported to the Council on 12th March:
The first Tenancy and Money Advice customer workshop took place on the 15th February. The workshops provide information on tenancy issues, guidance on budgeting and benefits and information on setting up utilities etc. The workshops will take place weekly on Wednesday mornings.
There is NO valid reason that people attending the Wednesday meetings should still be given a pack containing this misleading information – without being informed that the information on page 21 relating to the right to vote in the matter of transferring its housing stock is NOT valid.
WHY ARE INTRODUCTORY TENANTS’ STILL BEING MISINFORMED