Tuesday, September 22, 2009

SNP - Tartan Tories

The SNP led West Dunbartonshire Council are in the process of trying to transfer over 5,000 Council Houses out of Council ownership while we have over 8,000 applicants on the waiting list for a home. I would challenge the SNP once again to hold a ballot now of all 11,670 tenants to see if they want to transfer or stay with the Council. I would predict the overwhelming majority of tenants would want to stay with the Council if they are given a vote. This is the main reason the SNP will not allow tenants to vote. Because the SNP know they could not win a vote of tenants they are intending to raise rents by up to £8 per week for some tenants from 1/4/2010. In doing so they hope to "convince" tenants to vote for a transfer to another Landlord. The tenants movement and the Unions need to form a joint campaign of action against this proposed transfer which will decimate Council jobs and remove thousands of houses from the Public Sector.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I read somewhere that tenants are legally obliged to vote on any transfer has that now changed?

Jim Bollan said...

The law currently states there requires to be a ballot of tenants before any transfer takes place. The SNP are circumventing this by emptying blocks of flats of tenants, therefore removing the need to have a ballot. This has happened in Haldane and is being currently organised in the High Flats in Bellsmyre. Other Council's in Scotland like Inverclyde, Perth, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and many others have gave all their tenant's a vote on whether they want to transfer to another landlord or stay a Council tenant. The Council's have respected the results of these ballots. This is the type of ballot i am pushing for in West Dunbartonshire. I hope this clarifies the point. Thanks for taking the time to post on my blog.

Anonymous said...

I live in Central Alexandria and I one of these tenants who lives in a block that is to be emptied. I am delighted at finally being given the chance to move out of this house. Under the current housing allocations policy I have been stuck in this house because I am not an alcoholic or a junkie and I dont have medical problems.

Jim Bollan said...

I am in favour of the tenant's in Central Alexandria having a vote on whether they want to transfer to another Landlord. I have publicly stated this. I support this because the tenant's have approached the Council and stated they want a ballot. This has always been my own and the SSP's position. (It is called a tenant led stock transfer.) What I am against is the SNP Council deciding before any ballot takes place or any properties have been identified that 5,000 Council Houses will need to be transferred. (This is called a Council led stock transfer.) This is undemocratic and I will oppose this in any way I can.

Anonymous said...

Lets be honest

either stock transfer is privatisation or not. doesnt matter if its the vale or its from some tenants who say they want it.
your excuse that you magically know that all central alexandria want to leave the Council doesnt hold water. The real reason is of course that Cordale want to grow their empire. Can you confirm that you are against Cordale HA bidding for large amounts of stock outside Renton? You can use the community based excuse there. PS Cordale HA bosses get paid according to the size of their empire although the troops lower down dont.

Jim Bollan said...

Anonymous,
I do not magically know anything. What I do know is the tenant's group in Central Alexandria done a survey which showed the overwhelming majority of tenants wanted to look at the possibility of transferring to another landlord. Cordale do want to grow and they know there will be little or no capital to build new homes for rent for the forseeable future therefore to grow they are bidding for Council stock. It is public knowledge that I oppose Cordale's current bid for Council houses, indeed I am a member of the NO CAMPAIGN which opposes large scale stock transfers like the 5,000 being proposed by the SNP Council. It is news to me that CHA bosses get paid based on the number of stock they have. I have worked with CHA on many projects over a long number of years and will continue to do so as they are an excellent orgaisation. We have agreed to disagree on the 5,000 stock transfer proposal and we will be in opposing camps on this matter.