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GLASGOW HOUSING BALLOT: UNION CONDEMNS 'PIG IN A POKE' VOTE CALL

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UnisonScotland has condemned the decision to announce a date for the ballot of Glasgow's tenants on the transfer of...
UnisonScotland has condemned the decision to announce a date for the ballot of Glasgow's tenants on the transfer of housing to the Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) before the full funding details were available*.

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

plans are speculative at best. The Scottish executive is obviously trying

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

financial holes.

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.

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