I visited Stroud today to meet with Doina Cornell, Labour Leader of Stroud Council and Chas Townley, the Councillor responsible for Council Housing. Also invited along was Ian Allan, a tenant rep on their Housing Committee.
We had a very useful discussion on campaigning to reopen the 2012 ‘debt settlement’, cancelling the bogus Council housing ‘debt’ and for government grant to fund a new generation of council homes. Stroud has been building more council homes than it has been losing to Right to Buy. It’s keen to build more council housing but it has no resources to do so.
We discussed the need to radicalise Labour’s housing programme, campaigning for a commitment to fund a large scale council house building programme. That means grant for councils rather than a competitive bidding process in which councils have to compete with housing associations.
If you are on Twitter you can follow Doina @doinacornell and Chas @chastownley.
Swindon Tenants Campaign Group is @swindontenants .