……AS WELL AS ‘KEY GUARANTEES’ – “Tenants should be offered equivalent terms” says CONSERVATIVE opposition leader
The cabinet decision on ‘key guarantees’ for people living in homes on the six council estates Lambeth want to demolish have also been called in by Cllr Briggs.
His main reason: ‘Guarantees’ are no longer ‘guaranteed’.
“The ‘guarantees’ have now become ‘principles’ supported by ‘mechanisms’, and are no longer ‘guaranteed’, says Cllr Briggs. “On page nine of the cabinet papers it states: ‘Key Guarantees for Tenants – the Principles:’ then lists them as ‘Guarantees’.
“There is absolute confusion as to what is now a ‘key guarantee’ versus a ‘principle’ vs a ‘mechanism’.
“The ‘key guarantees / principles’ are misleading as they do not mention the previous ‘key guarantees’ that have been dropped.
“There has been no consultation with residents seeking resident approval of ‘mechanisms’ or ‘principles’ rather than ‘key guarantees’.
“There has been no consultation on the change from key guarantees to ‘principles’ and ‘mechanisms’.
“If Lambeth council are claiming they have approval for the Central Hill estate being demolished on the basis of the a decision made by residents as a result of them agreeing to the key guarantees that were given at that time, then in changing the key guarantees it changes the legitimacy of the consultation it relies upon as evidence of the consent of residents.
“Therefore there can be no consent without the spirit and the detail of the original key guarantees (not ‘principles’) being followed by Lambeth council:
‘Tenants should be offered equivalent terms. ‘Tenants in the new properties built by ‘Homes for Lambeth’ should be offered equivalent terms to those remaining in council properties, if not on a statutory then on a contractual basis.’
“This failure to do so is an attempt by Lambeth council to avoid giving council tenants the right to buy council homes, and in public meetings cabinet members repeatedly state their opposition to residents owning their council home.
“The Department of Communities and Local Government White Paper, Fixing our Broken Housing Market, states:
‘… we want to see tenants that local authorities place in new affordable properties offered equivalent terms to those in council housing, including a right to buy their home.’
“Yet for narrow political and ideological reasons, Labour-Lambeth simply ignores Government guidelines.”
Clapham Park: Cllr Briggs cites The Clapham Park Homes offer in Thornton ward – where council leader Cllr Lib Peck is one of three ward members and another is Cllr Edward Davie, chairman of the overview and scrutiny committee which will hear Cllr Briggs ‘call-in’.
“In the ‘formal consultation on the proposal to transfer the council’s homes on the Clapham Park estates and surrounding areas to Clapham Park Homes’, it states at page 64:
‘Because the rights of an assured tenant can be less than for a council secure tenant, CPH [Clapham Park Homes] has agreed to extend your rights to match your existing council tenancy rights.
‘This extension is in the contract between you and CPH (in your new tenancy agreement – see appendix 3) and not imposed by Acts of Parliament.’
“No explanation has been given as to why Labour-Lambeth discriminates against its own tenants in the form of the ‘key guarantees/ principles’ presented to cabinet, which lack this provision:
“If there is a reason in law why a contractual right-to-buy cannot be provided to residents as it is for housing associations like Clapham Park Homes in Thornton ward in Lambeth, then that has not been explained to residents, or to cabinet members for them to make an informed decision.
“At the moment Labour-Lambeth intends to discriminate against tenants on Lambeth estates due to be demolished, and remove rights, in what is basically a legal loophole.”
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