Following discussions between the minister for social justice and the leader of Glasgow City Council, a number of key dates to take forward the Glasgow housing transfer process have been laid out by the executive.
The revised business plan from Glasgow Housing Association will be considered by the Council on 31 January 2002
If approval is forthcoming the council will then seek the FM's approval to go to stage 2 consultation and the ballot itself which will start on 4 March 2002.
The result of the ballot will be announced on 25 March 2002.
Welcoming the announcement, Margaret Curran, deputy minister for social justice said:
'I am pleased that good progress has been made and that we are now able to look forward to a ballot of all tenants in March, subject to the council's agreement.
'I am in no doubt that community ownership can deliver real and lasting benefits for Glasgow tenants including unlocking new investment to modernise homes and regenerate communities, putting tenants in charge by placing them right at the centre of decisions about the management and ownership of their homes and providing additional jobs and training as the housing investment programme kicks in.
'In addition to the massive investment that will be delivered, the executive has announced that if transfer proceeds then the council's housing debt burden of around£900m will be lifted, and over£400m will be made available to build new housing in the areas that the people of Glasgow want.
'Tenants are the key stakeholders in all of this and it's their decision in the ballot that counts.'
A statement from Glasgow leader Charlie Gordon follows:
'The minister has asked me if a Stage Two Consultation would be possible from 25 February onwards, including a ballot commencing 4 March with a result being announced on 25 March.
I've advised the minister that the council meeting on 31 January will consider a report from officers on the outcome of the Stage One consultation process and on whether the council's two outstanding criteria on fundability and on LHOs have been met.
Subject to these two criteria being met and Council agreement, I have advised the minister that, in my opinion, the suggested timetable is realistic.'
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