November 24, 2006 08:27 ET

Amicus Welcomes the Big No on Council Stock Transfer

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 24, 2006) - Amicus union welcomes the news that South Lincolnshire, council tenants voted overwhelmingly AGAINST the transfer of the ownership of their homes to a new housing association.

South Kesteven district council wanted to transfer its 6,300 properties to a newly formed housing association south Lincolnshire homes.

The council gave tenants the final say in a month long ballot, the results of which were announced on Tuesday 15 November. Of the 4.791 tenants who voted, 3.494(73.2%) said they were against the transfer.

According to the defend council housing campaign, The majority of ballots in 2006 have gone against privatisation including 4/4 ballots in Scotland. Tenants, trade unionists and councillors opposing privatisation are still massively out resourced by one-sided council campaigns but we have shown we can stop them when we organise effectively.

Rob Johnson, Amicus Senior Shop Steward, South Kesteven District Council says,

"As you can imagine my colleagues here at South Kesteven District Council works dept were very happy transfer didn't go ahead and are more than pleased with the result. It just goes to show that we provide a good service and tenants are happy with us.

"Our chief executive is now going to lobby the government to see if we can reclaim some of the money(GBP5 million) back that goes to the governments central fund from rents. "


Contact Information

  • Amicus
    Ciaran Naidoo
    07768 931 315