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TENANTS FEAR PRIVATISATION CONSPIRACY

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Tenant activists have claimed proposed financial freedoms for councils' arm's-length housing management organisatio...
Tenant activists have claimed proposed financial freedoms for councils' arm's-length housing management organisations are a conspiracy to privatise their homes.

Four options proposed by the National Federation of ALMOs and the Chartered Institute of Housing would give the organisations more freedom from central government restraints. One would see councils' stakes in ALMOs fall to 49%, enabling them to borrow privately (LGC, 21 April).

Defend Council Housing spokesman Alan Walter said: 'These proposals vindicate our argument that ALMOs have always been a two-stage strategy to privatise council housing.'

But CIH policy adviser John Perry said: 'There is no suggestion in these proposals of [privatisation].

'One option does involve private finance, but councils would still own the homes.'

Around 50 ALMOs manage some 740,000 homes for councils.

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