Swindon Tenants Campaign Group was formed to campaign against Swindon Borough Council’s proposal to sell off our homes to a Housing Association. Swindon tenants voted by 72.3% to 27.7% to reject the ‘transfer’ of our housing. The defeat of the Council’s proposal was a big victory in the face of odds stacked against us. Tenants were over the moon at such a result which would be considered a landslide if it had been an election. It goes to show what can be achieved with a little organisation.
Following our success in this ballot STCG decided to continue campaigning for the interests of tenants. The most important achievement since then was convincing the Council to pay off no more than £5 million a year of the ‘debt’. Originally they were planning to start by paying £8 million a year. This meant that there was an extra £3 million a year for the upkeep of tenants’ homes. Hence more key housing components (kitchens, bathrooms etc) have been renewed.
As a volunteer group of tenants what we can do depends upon how many people are involved. Why not join up with us to campaign to improve our homes and campaign for new council housing?
To get in touch with us email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07786 394593