Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Housing Transfer



All of Edinburgh's council tenants were asked to vote. Did we want to transfer all our homes to a housing association management, or not?

Armfulls of glossy patronising literature came through the door:

"If you vote 'yes', we'll knock down the worst buildings and replace them with these here Wimpy-style show homes, update all the other homes, and all your wildest dreams will come true."

"If you vote 'no' the rent will shoot up."

And one leaflet came through the door from a group who were against the transfer.

"Glasgow. Ahem."

Glasgow voted yes, and now families are being kicked out their homes at an alarming rate if they get a bit behind on their rent.

So I voted against the transfer. As did the majority. Our homes still belong to the council.

Hmmm.

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