Brighton & Hove’s 12,500 council house tenants will get the chance to vote on a £195 million housing transfer proposal – after city councillors agreed on January 11 that a ballot should go ahead.
The council has been consulting its tenants for the past few months on the transfer proposals for a not-for-profit, tenant led, organisation called Brighton & Hove City Housing to take over the ownership and management of homes. A postal ballot on the proposal will run from January 24th to February 20th 2006.
The proposal would allow an injection of cash to be levered in from Government funds to bring the council housing up to the Decent Homes Standard by the government imposed deadline of 2010.
The leading Labour Group on the council argue that without this funding, which is only available if the stock is transferred to a housing association, it will be difficult to find the funding from existing sources which would entail cuts in other services.
Others, including some Labour councillors, are opposed to the transfer suggesting that the Government will be obliged to give the funding to reach the Decent Homes standard even if the stock remains in Council ownership.
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