Issues of democracy and fairness in the debate over the future of council housing in Northampton

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There is a school of thought among some in the Tenants’ Panel that as moving to an ALMO is a major change to the service received by Council tenants we ought to be balloted, in a binding ballot, in the same way as we would be if we were being asked to leave the Council as a landlord and transfer, even though there is no legal obligation on the Council to hold a ballot.

We would argue that ‘Choice for council tenants’ must mean the right to there being a ‘fair and balanced debate’ and a formal ballot before any binding decision is made.

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One Response to Issues of democracy and fairness in the debate over the future of council housing in Northampton

  1. Ron Mendel says:

    The Coalition government talks a great deal about devolving responsibilities for governance to local communities. Let’s hold the NBC to act on this commitment and hold an independently run ballot of council tenants to allow them to determine their housing futures.

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