Saturday, July 04, 2009

Transfer of Housing Stock ballot may be delayed

We understand that the proposed ballot of transfer of Neath Port Talbot's council housing to a cooperative mutual has been postponed until the New Year. A special council meeting due to have been held on Friday 3rd July, which may or may not have been connected with the progress of the ballot process, was cancelled at ten days' notice.

On the one hand, this may allow the "No" campaign to build up a head of steam, especially if threats to haul councillors, who back it, up before the Standards Committee are carried out. It may also threaten some grants from the Welsh Assembly Government conditional on a ballot being held before a certain date.

On the other hand, it may push the date for a ballot beyond the next general election, after which a more intelligent and local government savvy Chancellor of the Exchequer will revise the borrowing rules, allowing Neath Port Talbot to hold on to its housing stock and meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard.
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