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IMPLICATIONS OF TENANTS' VOTE TO STAY WITH COUNCIL

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The result of a ballot of Sandwell MBC tenants earlier this month to transfer management of their homes to a series...
The result of a ballot of Sandwell MBC tenants earlier this month to transfer management of their homes to a series of local housing companies is the biggest setback yet to the idea of carrying out improvements to council property.

So writes John Perry, director of policy at the Chartered Institute of housing in The Guardian (Society p6). He says that the vote in which tenants decided to keep the local authority as landlord, could affect 12 million people living in council accommodation nationwide.

Mr Perry says that the housing company idea is not dead, and that financial restructuring to bring in private finance is needed.
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