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TENANTS VOTE TO STAY WITH BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL

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Birmingham City Council's tenants have voted in favour of their homes continuing to be managed by the local authori...
Birmingham City Council's tenants have voted in favour of their homes continuing to be managed by the local authority.

The result of a ballot of 94,000 city council tenants into proposals to transfer the management of the city council's housing to new landlords was announced today by the Electoral Reform Ballot Services who conducted the secret postal vote.

The details of the ballot result are as follows:

Number of tenants voting 61,593 (65.5%)

Number of tenants voting for transfer 20,350 (33.2%)

Number of tenants voting against transfer 40,869 (66.8%)

Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: 'Given the challenges facing Birmingham City Council in securing adequate resources and improving services for council tenants, we had a duty to let tenants consider the option of transferring their homes to a new network of local community landlords.

'Their vote to stay with the council confirms the belief they have in their housing service and its dedicated members of staff to provide decent homes through the alternatives to a city wide housing transfer.'

Cllr Bore added: 'I would like to take this opportunity to thank the tenants for the thought and consideration they have given to this proposal.'

Dennis Minnis, cabinet member for housing, said: 'Throughout this process, we have been honest in saying that existing resources are not enough to deliver the improvements that tenants deserve. We will continue to look for alternative resources to secure decent homes for all of Birmingham's tenants.'

David Thompson, Birmingham City Council's director of housing, said:

'We are now in a far stronger position to tackle the challenge of providing decent, modern homes for all of the city's council tenants than ever before.

'We know more about the condition of the city's housing stock but, more importantly, we know more about the hopes and ambitions of our tenants following more than 50,000 personal visits to their homes by members of the housing department.

'In addition, the sheer hard work and commitment of members of the shadow boards of the new community landlords who did so much to formulate the transfer plans have given us a new insight into how the city's housing service can become more locally based, more accountable and more able to meet tenants' priorities.'

The results of the ballot will be discussed at the full meeting of Birmingham City Council tomorrow.

Notes

Birmingham City Council also balloted leaseholders and service tenants.

The details of those ballot results are as follows:

*Number of leaseholders voting 3,244

*Number of leaseholders voting for housing transfer 516 (36.2%)

*Number of leaseholders voting against housing transfer 909 (63.8%)

*Number of service tenants voting 155

*Number of service tenants voting for housing transfer 40 (26%)

*Number of service tenants voting against housing transfer 114 (74%)

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