Mike Kirby, Unison's Scottish convenor said:
'Glasgow's tenants are being asked to buy a pig in a poke. The funding
package for the GHA is not complete, and any claims it makes about its
to bounce the city council into committing to a ballot before their first
stage consultation of tenants has reported, and before the GHA has been
able to commit the funding to deliver on its promises. The council laid
down those conditions for the GHA before they would take any decision on
the ballot dates. We think it is essential that the GHA delivers.'
The union, who represent Glasgow's housing staff and staff working for
housing associations, has recently distributed information to tenants
opposing the plans for housing stock transfer. They are opposed to the
transfer of council housing away from local democratic control, and
advocate a more cost-efffective way of ensuring that necessary investment
is available to improve Glasgow's houses. They claim that the GHA's
business plan has had to be revised many times in attempts to plug
Mr Kirby said: 'We are extremely concerned that it is not just the tenants but
Scotland's taxpayers that risk being asked to buy a pig in a poke. How does
the GHA's business plan measure up to the first minister's five tests for
public services? In particular, how does it stand up to best value
scrutiny, and does it compare well with any tests about transparency?'
* see LGCnetfor today's Scottish executive and Glasgow City Council statement.