Saturday, 28 July 2007
Would you support setting up an ALMO for Lambeth to deliver these improvements?
Total number of eligible voters: 30,986
Total number of votes received: 8,385
Overall rate of participation: 27.1%
Total number of spoilt/blank ballot papers: 107
Therefore, total number of valid votes counted: 8,278
Number voting Yes: 3,518 (42.5% of the valid vote)
Number voting No: 3,362 (40.6% of the valid vote)
Number voting Don’t Know: 1,398 (16.9% of the valid vote)
TOTAL 8,278 (100% of the valid vote)
Perhaps Lambeth Council are using a different number system to the rest of us, but I make 40.6% ('No' votes) plus 16.6% ('Don't Know' votes) a total of 57.5%. The 'Yes' votes are therefore a minority of votes cast.
Lambeth's spin doctors are simply lying when they claim majority support for their ALMO scheme.
Lambeth DCH will be campaigning to get the actual result out to residents and to prove to the Government (the DCLG) that residents do not support the ALMO.
Thanks to our supporters for delivering our leaflets and carrying the arguments against the ALMO and for direct investment in Council housing. We fight on.
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
If you haven't been canvassing before, there's nothing to be frightened of! You'll be paired up with someone more experienced until you feel confident enough to approach people on your own. The reception we've had so far on doorsteps is that residents welcome us with open arms and are glad to hear the truth about ALMOs.
Please call Steve on 07944 293854 or email email@example.com and let us know which days you'll be able to come along!
Wed 4th 6pm
Tulse Hill Estate, Brixton
Thur 5th 6pm
China Walk Estate, Kenningon
Fri 6th 6pm
Notre Dame Estate, Clapham
Sat 7th 11am
St Matthew's Estate, Brixton
Sun 8th 11am
Portobello Estate, Norwood
Mon 9th 6pm
Vauxhall Gardens Estate
Tue 10th 6pm
Streatham Hill Estate
Wed 11th 6pm
William Bonney Estate, Clapham
Thu 12th 6pm
Fenwick Estate, Stockwell
Fri 13th 6pm
Deronda Estate, Norwood
Sat 14th 11am
Canterbury Gardens Estate, Brixton
Sun 15th 11am
Westbury Estate, Clapham
Friday, 29 June 2007
- Tuesday 3 July
- 7pm to 9pm
St Vincent’s Community Centre, Talma Road, Brixton (click here for a map)
Don’t vote until you’ve heard both sides of the argument!
Come to our meeting to hear the case against setting up an ALMO and to find out what you can do to help the campaign to stop it.
Austin Mitchell MP, Chair of the House of Commons council housing group, and Lesley Carty from the national Defend Council Housing campaign will be speaking about the national fight to win the “Fourth Option” of Direct Investment in Council Housing.
Thursday, 28 June 2007
The important thing to remember is that it’s only the fourth question that matters. The other “survey questions” will have no bearing on whether the Council forms an ALMO or not – and are not even fair questions anyway!
Make sure you use your vote to say NO to ALMO, and that your friends and neighbours do the same!
If you can, print out some posters and stick them up around your estate!
Saturday, 23 June 2007
The 'test of opinion' PPCR organised for the United Residents Housing ALMO (a mini-ALMO comprised of several Tenant Management Organisations*) had the following questions:
- Have you heard about United Residents Housing (yes/no/don't know)
- Are you aware that URH will not affect your tenancy or lease - you will remain a tenant or leaseholder of the Council? (yes/no/don't know)
- Do you know about the improvements that URH intends to make to homes on your estate and to the estate in general? (yes/no/don't know)
- Would you support setting up URH to deliver these improvements? (yes/no/don't know)
- Have you got any other comments about URH?
- Would you be prepared to let URH contact you at regular intervals to find out what you think of URH and your RMO and the services they both deliver? (yes/no/don't know - if yes please supply your contact details)
I think we can expect a similar 'ballot' for the current Lambeth wide ALMO.
Given the shifting national political picture, with all six Labour deputy leadership candidates supporting the fourth option of direct investment, and Gordon Brown saying he has an 'open mind' on the issue, a moratorium on all proposed stock transfer, PFI and ALMO schemes would be best.
In the meantime every vote against stock transfer, PFI and ALMO proposals is a further nail in the coffin of government's attempts to privatise social housing.
Lambeth DCH urge all residents and leaseholders to vote against the ALMO proposal and to join us in our campaign for direct investment in council housing.
* Blenheim Gardens RMO, Loughborough EMB, Roupell Park Resident Management Co-operative and Waltham RMO
Thursday, 21 June 2007
Or not, as it turned out.
The meeting invite, authored by Peter Redman--Divisional Director, Housing Management and Property Services--sought to assure us of the key principles Lambeth will adopt:
- Leaseholders will have a say in investment plans.
- We will always consult with you before incurring costs.
- We will work with you to ensure that any investment you make contributes to adding value to your dwelling.
- We will investigate ways of offering you the benefit of bulk discounts on the supplies and contracts we use
- We will provide easier ways for payment for those on the lowest incomes
- We already have a say in investment plans through existing democratic structures: our local Residents Associations, Area Forums and Leasehold Council. At present leaseholders can refuse internal works. Any future ALMO will only follow the statutory consultation process for exterior works (e.g. roofs and windows).
- As above, officers confirmed that only the legal minimum (so-called 'Section 20 Notice') statutory consultation process will apply.
- It is unlikely that roofing and window works would significantly add to the value of leaseholders dwellings (buyers kind-of expect a wind and water tight property).
- Would anyone VOLUNTARILY invite Lambeth's contractors into their homes to replace a kitchen or bathroom?
- There will be no improvement to the current payment regime; a strange mixture of incompetence (no attempt at collecting money) and legal threats and bullying. The maximum twenty-four month installment plan will remain and leaseholders will continue to sell-up or arrange expensive additional credit (if they can get it).
Vote no, stick with Lambeth and join the campaign for the 'Fourth Option' of direct investment. At a national level all six Labour Party deputy leadership candidates support the Fourth Option and Gordon Brown reportedly has 'an open mind'. Let's keep fighting!
Friday, 8 June 2007
Join tenants and leaseholders from across the borough in demonstrating outside the Town Hall — show the council that we are not going to stand for two-stage privatisation of council housing!
Click here to download a poster for the lobby.