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Council home threat.

SIR - The Government is currently holding two reviews into social housing, one by Prof John Hills and one by Prof Martin Cave. Prof Hills is looking at bringing an end to security of tenure and Prof Cave is considering letting market forces into housing associations/registered social landlords.

This means that housing associations/registered social landlords could be deregulated and allowed to make a profit by allowing rents and service charges to be raised beyond the limits imposed by rent restructuring. Clearly this means rents will need to rise to pay for shareholders' dividends.

Defend Council Housing have produced a new pamphlet entitled 'Dear Gordon, Invest in Decent, Affordable, Secure and Accountable Council Housing'.

It argues that direct investment to improve council homes and build new ones makes economic and political sense and demands the 'fourth option' as an alternative to Government 'bullying and blackmailing council tenants to accept privatisation'.

It takes on the onslaught of neo-liberal arguments proposing to end lifelong secure tenancies and open housing up to market forces. (www.defendcouncilhousing. org.uk).

It's vitally important that Torfaen tenants protect our council housing for ourselves and future generations by voting no to stock transfer.

TERRY BANFIELD

Torfaen Defend Council Housing, Cardigan Crescent, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, Gwent
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 21, 2007
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