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EDINBURGH TO REJECT 'WHOLESALE' HOUSING TRANSFER

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City of Edinburgh Council is to reject plans for the 'wholesale privatisation' of the city's 30,000 council homes, ...
City of Edinburgh Council is to reject plans for the 'wholesale privatisation' of the city's 30,000 council homes, according to The Scotsman (p6).

The authority will make clear to Calum MacDonald, the housing minister, that it will resist any pressure to transfer all of its housing.

The authority is to set up a housing company to build new houses for rent and is prepared to continue its policy of transferring its houses selectively and in restricted numbers to alternative landlords.

Housing officials see the planned company as an alternative to housing associations and one which will enable councillors, working alongside tenants, to continue to have a significant influence over decisions on housing developments.

At a meeting of the council's housing commitee tomorrow, Brian Weddell, the housing convener, will call on councillors to voice their 'total opposition to the notion of wholesale privatisation' of the housing stock.

He said he wanted to reaffirm the council's belief that a strategy of smaller-scale transfers as part of a 'mixed tenure' policy was the right one.

He added: 'I welcome the fact that the Labour government has put the issue of stock transfer at the top of its agenda, but the wholesale privatisation of Edinburgh's houses is something we are not prepared to contemplate.'

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