Q If the government has extra money for ALMOs why can’t they give it to the council direct? CAMDEN DEFEND COUNCIL HOUSING A VOTE NO Their agenda is privatisation. Don’t take the first step—VOTE NO to ALMO Resist the blackmail YOUR VOTE COUNTS The council knows that: TO ALMO MOST TENANTS understand that this government wants to privatise our public services— Council propoganda dishonest and are against privatisation. CAMDEN TRIED THE SAME MOST TENANTS don’t vote in BLACKMAIL IN 1997 Camden council are pumping out publications every week local or national elections because they think it will make October 2003 Five years ago Camden threatened tenants that if we didn’t dishonestly suggesting that no difference. accept stock transfer there would be no major repairs and new kitchens and bathrooms improvements to our homes. are dependent on going IN THIS BALLOT EVERY Their “New Opportunities” document argued at the time ALMO. VOTE COUNTS. Camden Council claims that it is would stand up to further government that all they could do was just “strive to keep homes safe, warm and dry, but little more.” Even their revised Busi- ness Plan calculations—now If the majority of tenants VOTE NO we can stop the ALMO against privatisation of council hous- ing but only five years ago they wanted pressure tomorrow? Council housing is worth defending. The 8 REASONS TO REJECT ALMOs “Major repairs and renovation projects…would be unaf- £338 million (see inside page to sell off our homes and called it “New council is far from brilliant but it’s a better fordable…Overall, the condition of our housing stock would gradually get worse. Most people would continue to be forced to wait a long time for even modest improvements.” for why they keep changing their figures) makes it clear that the council will have a sub- and send a clear message to government: CAMDEN TENANTS WANT Opportunities”! Both times they have denied it has got anything to do with privatisation. If we’d landlord than most. We pay our rent and we have a right to expect a decent ser- vice—not blackmail to accept a new com- M 1 This government wants to privatise council housing—ALMOs are a key part of their strategy Camden can afford to do all the urgent repairs and M Well since 1997 Camden has had a big investment pro- stantial capital programme without the ALMO. accepted their advice in 1997 we wouldn’t pany managing our homes. ‘DIRECT INVESTMENT IN gramme benefiting many tenants. The council’s predic- tions were wrong. Many tenants will get a new kitchen and bathroom COUNCIL HOUSING—WITH be council tenants today. The government and council are now For years governments have told us there is no money for improvements. Suddenly 2 improvements without going ALMO. There is no need to take the risk! even if we vote no (we might not get the tacky plas- NO STRINGS ATTACHED’ pushing ALMOs because they know that there is plenty of money—but only if we They deliberately painted a bleak picture in 1997 to tic bowls and towels in their photographs). Replace- blackmail tenants to accept selling off our homes. Today tenants in areas like Camden won’t accept accept ALMOs. This “new” money comes they are using exactly the same argument to try and get us to accept ALMOs. ment will just take longer. If the council isn’t prepared to be open and honest on this issue what else can we trust them on? Council workers oppose the ALMO too stock transfer. ALMOs have been devel- oped as a two-stage strategy to privatisa- tion (see inside). They hope that if they can separate hous- from tenants’ rents. Ask yourself: why can’t the government give the extra money to the council direct—as tenants are demanding— unless they have a privatisation agenda? M 3 Elected councillors will no longer be accountable for what happens to our homes. It’s a recipe for excuses “Now I want to call FOUNDATION ing management from the council, get a Camden has sufficient resources to do THEY PROMISED RAIL AND TUBE PRIVATISATION upon all tenants in Camden to unite under one banner. Regardless of your HOSPITALS: Arms-Length Unison members who work in the council can see the dangers of an ALMO. We are fearful that it will lead to a new “company culture” and become more and more distant from new private company in place and put dis- tance between the new company and the council then it will be easier to sell our all the most urgent work to our estates and provide many new kitchens and bathrooms. Most tenants would rather it took a bit longer M 4 A separate private company means less coordination between housing and other services—when we need more! WOULDN’T AFFECT political views, we Management for the NHS homes later. than face the risks attached to ALMOs. the council ideal of providing a com- M Tenants on the board will not be allowed to represent must stand together We’re expected to believe their assur- Our campaigning has already forced con- SAFETY. prehensive local service. HANDS OFF OUR to defeat this idea. I make a last appeal to the chair of Local MPs Frank Dobson and Glenda Jackson are opposed to Foundation Hospitals— Arms length companies that have taken over running Leisure and Social Services, ances that they would never do this. But their past record—and their refusal to cam- cessions from the government. Now Min- isters are under increasing pressure to show 5 our interests—their hands will be tied by company law HOMES! housing and the part of the government’s in other parts of the country, have led to paign against government policy today— they are listening to ordinary people. leader of the council drive to privatise our public privatisation. An ALMO will create a new makes this hard to rely on. We can win much more. We can win A strong, independent tenants’ movement with tenants’ associ- ations on every estate and street to drop this idea before you all build a heap of trouble.” Eddie O’Dwyer, services. They have argued that the government case for Foundation Hospitals is nonsense and layer of highly paid senior managers— usually paid for by cutting frontline staff. Council promises that workers won’t lose out are nonsense. Just ask anyone Who is confident that the same coun- cillors who tell us there is “no alternative” direct investment in council housing with no strings attached. Vote No. M 6 Massive amounts will be spent on consultants, re- organisation and higher senior managers’ pay Protest at town hall after is a much more effective defence of tenants’ interests than a hand- ful of board members. Chair, Hardington & Belmont TA dangerous and will undermine the NHS. Foundation Hospitals are being who has been TUPE transferred from the council, NHS, rail or other public services. This will lead to more staff demoral- COUNCIL BRIBERY— M 7 Housing workers will lose out by being TUPE transferred. Staff turnover and demoralisation will IT’S NOT WORTH THE RISK Shadow Board election fiasco promoted along the same lines as isation and higher turnover, which af- affect the service How cheaply can ALMOs. Ministers argue freedom fects the services tenants receive. from Whitehall control will improve What you can do you be bought? Camden Citizen says, “The prospect of services—they will act as ‘public benefit corporations’ run by boards of ‘local stakeholders’ and will be “not-for-profit”. Does that sound Most of us have chosen to work for the council because we want to pro- vide an important public service. Many of us are council tenants ourselves. They call it “choice” but Camden’s ‘information’ to erately misleading tenants and not telling us the truth. ing on ALMOs, even fewer tenants would actually get M 8 Winning direct investment without strings is worth fighting for. We’ve already won concessions. We It is wrong that the council is family, friends and neighbours being able to cook in familiar? Everyone living in London knows how t en an t s i s j u s t a o n e- If their programme goes what they expected. We’d can win much more! using our rents to pay for its and get them to a stylish, fitted Councillors and MPs should important council housing is, for this and sided, hard-sell marketing over budget (as many do) or still be stuck with the ALMO! pro-ALMO campaign (glossy kitchen, or take a recognise that ALMOs are the future generations. campaign. the government cuts spend- The council hides the VOTE NO shower in a modern housing equivalent of Foundation brochures, mailshots to all ten- Some material is available in An ALMO won’t just affect housing They are dishonestly ex- fact that Camden’s exist- This This broadsheet was entirely written by council bathroom would be Hospitals. They both seek to use a staff. Workers in other council depart- aggerating the benefits of ing resources—without an ants, information vans, colour Sylheti, Somali, Greek, Chinese a dream.” new company to break public ments such as Legal and Information publication has tenants with the financial help of the Camden press adverts, show flats, staff control and accountability and ALMOs by suggesting that ALMO—will cover much been certified UNISON union. and French—help translate Aren’t they just Technology will suffer if central services every tenant will get a new of the promised work. time, etc). more. exaggerating a tiny pave the way for the private sector are outsourced to private contractors. FREE FROM Camden, on top of spending our rent on council wee bit the impact to take over. kitchen and bathroom. They are desperate to ADDED PROFIT publications promoting the ALMO, have also employed We have to rely on donations For posters, postcards, more We need to defend the principle That’s why Camden Unison members They won’t. get another award and new kitchen are 100 percent with tenants in oppos- No highly paid consultants to promote their plans. from tenants’ associations, copies of this broadsheet or cupboards will have of decent, affordable, secure and The council’s Housing don’t want to embarrass consultants, senior Unison (the trade union repre- accountable council housing ing the ALMO. We are determined to Aldbourne Associates call themselves an “Independent other information ring us on on our lives? alongside a secure National Health fight this together. News (August 2003) only the government. managers or ambitious Tenants’ Friend”. But paid by the council they are neither senting council workers), indi- 7419 4923 or 7209 0197. Service. Camden Unison promises “almost 15,000 Tell councillors: Defending politicians have been “independent”, “tenants” or our “friends”. vidual contributions and homes will have a new council housing is the main involved in this This isn’t a fair and balanced debate! fundraising to put the case Defend Council Housing kitchen and/or bathroom”. priority for Camden council broadsheet Ask yourself—Why not? against. Once again they are delib- tenants! THANKS FOR YOUR HELP THE FUTURE OF COUNCIL HOUSING IS AT STAKE. WE WANT TO KNOW WHERE EACH OF OUR COUNCILLORS STAND. Dear Councillor, Do you agree: PLEASE PRINT YOUR DETAILS CLEARLY AND SEND THIS CARD TO YOUR LOCAL COUNCILLOR AT THE TOWN HALL OR THE RECEPTION AT YOUR DISTRICT HOUSING OFFICE OR ANY OTHER COUNCIL DEPARTMENT... qIt is wrong that the government is trying to blackmail tenants to acccept stock transfer, PFI or ALMOs to get repairs and Yes/No YOUR NAME(S).............................................................. improvements? qIf the government has extra money for ALMOs there is no good Thanks to the tenants on all these estates who have helped by delivering ............................................................ If you agree there should be a YOUR ADDRESS reason why it can’t allow the council to carry out the improvements Yes/No itself? ...............................................POST CODE................... qIt was wrong for Camden Council to hold elections for a Shadow COUNCILLOR’S NAME (IF KNOWN) ................................... TWO-STAGE Board of directors - before tenants vote on whether we want an broadsheets and putting up posters. Please make sure that every tenant gets to read Yes/No fair debate: ALMO in November? WARD (IF KNOWN) qThe council should conduct a ‘fair and balanced debate’ on whether tenants want an ALMO and agree to be bound by the Yes/No ............................................ outcome of the tenants ballot? qDistribute this broadsheet to this new broadsheet. If you want help to do your area get in touch. qCamden Council should actively campaign with tenants, trade YOUR SIGNATURE unionists, MPs and other councils to stop this government’s Yes/No privatisation agenda and secure direct investment in council ................................................. housing - with no strings attached? Camden tenants Say NO to ALMO every council home Agar Grove Clarence Way Langdon House Russell Nurseries qPut up posters on your estate Ampthill Square CRAB Lissenden Gardens Sidney Boyd Court and in your area SEND A POSTCARD! Artisan Dwellings Bacton Denton Dudley House Ludham & Waxham Maiden Lane South Hampstead Housing St Pancras Way Co-Op qOrganise a meeting and invite It’s time that politicians represent the PRIVATISATION Barnfield/Woodfield Durdans House Maitland Park Templar House interests of the people who elect them—not Bayham Place Gamages Millman Ct TBH a DCH speaker to debate with Bourne Estate Godwin & Crowndale Monmouth Hse & Alpha Ct Torriano Estate just tell us what the government wants us the council so all tenants can to accept. Broadfield & Fairhurst Gospel Oak 7&8 8 Newton Street Tybalds Close hear both sides of the argument Get copies of the campaign postcard for yourself, Brunswick Estate Hardington & Belmont Peckwater Estate Wendling Estate Bury Place Highgate Newtown Primrose Hill Court Wells House q Raise money to pay for the friends and neighbours. Send them to your MP OF COUNCIL HOUSING Camden Square Area Hilgrove Red Lion Westcroft Estate campaign and local councillors to tell them what you think Cayford House Holly Lodge Regents Square Widford/Heybridge/Roxwell and urge them to support our campaign. Chalcots Estate Ingestre Rd Rowstock Willingham/Kenistoun qMost important... talk to your Camden DCH c/o 42 Aborfield, Peckwater Estate, London NW5 2UD PHONE 7419 4923 WEBSITE www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk EMAIL email@example.com Thanks to Camden for sponsoring this broadsheet so tenants hear the case against ALMOs IF YOU DON’T KNOW—VOTE NO Printed by East End Offset Ltd (TU), London E3. ¤ 020 7538 2521 It’s clear what they plan... THE GOVERNMENT’S REAL AGENDA This government is clearly committed to privatisation of public services. maintenance and parking in Camden—are run by private contractors. Ministers now recognise that stock transfer won’t get through in many areas. That’s why they We can stop the ALMO Camden claim that there is no hidden privatisation agenda but read on... THE CONSULTANT... PriceWaterhouse Coopers report to Haringey council —but every vote counts... The effect of tube and rail The government’s last have dusted off the Tories’ “The consultants recommend that privatisation is in the news election manifesto included a original ALMO formula. THE CIVIL SERVANT... the council should consider an almost daily. There is a revolt target of selling off 200,000 They hope that if they can get Wendy Jarvis, the head of local alternative [an ALMO] which amongst many Labour MPs council homes a year each year the private company managing authority housing finance in John meets its shorter term objectives against Foundation Hospitals until 2010. our homes it will be easier to Prescott’s office, was asked, ‘Why but which is compatible with and new private walk-in clinics. The trouble for Ministers is complete the privatisation in a not just let ALMOs operate like achieving full stock transfer in the Parents and students are that housing privatisation has second stage. Camden council would like tenants to outraged at plans to introduce proved much more difficult than If you are opposed to the believe that the ALMO is inevitable. But Conflict of Interest housing associations?’ She replied: “The housing association model is longer term.” top-up fees at universities. Many expected—that’s because government’s privatisation that’s not true. Government rules require Don’t you think there is a conflict of interest when the senior managers who an obvious one to look at and we THE TRADE ORGANISATION... government departments and tenants around the country have agenda don’t let them take the the council to demonstrate that tenants local authority services—like been getting organised and first step. are pushing for an ALMO are likely to are looking at it...If you go to the Gordon Perry, now chair of the school meals, grounds saying NO. Vote No to ALMO support setting up the new company. benefit personally from pay rises if the new City too soon, they won’t be National Federation of ALMOs, Councillors accept it would be political company is setup? interested, they need something ( Housing Today 4 April 2003) suicide if they ignore the ballot result. tangible…Our view has to be that “if you are a council who thinks THE ALTERNATIVE TO ALMO They can’t do this if we vote “no”. The council is so worried they will lose 1960. There was a massive campaign to stop the Tories’ Housing Finance Act in the it stays within the Whitehall family ALMO is an easy, no-change until we have formulated our own option that keeps the council in National campaign gaining ground the vote they are resorting to undemocratic tricks to try and win. 1970s and their Housing Action Trusts in 1988. views and particularly that the Treasury is comfortable. Then we control, you are wrong.” They have refused repeated calls by In 1997 we had to organise meetings on will go out to the relevant private ...AND CAMDEN COUNCIL Council tenants across the country PFI and ALMOs (the government’s tenant reps for a fair and balanced debate our estates and lobby the town hall to stop sector partners.” (Inside Housing, ITSELF... pay more than enough in rent to three favoured options). Many of the STOP PRESS with equal resources for both sides to put this council selling off our homes. cover day to day repairs, housing biggest trade unions are part of the 13 June 2003) Round 3 ALMO Bid, Para 5.1 management and major campaign (UNISON, TGWU, GMB, MPs TO QUESTION their case. We wouldn’t be council tenants today if “We believe that establishing the improvements. UCATT, RMT, Amicus-MSF, GPMU). INVESTMENT They now even plan to ask a loaded we had allowed them to bully us in the past THE BANKER... ALMO offers us an opportunity to The problem is that the 127 MPs have now supported our OPTIONS question on the ballot paper! This has al- and not stood up for our interests. Peter Williams, deputy director enter a more dynamic phase of government robs housing rent demands and for the first time a ready been condemned by the chairs and Camden is trying to make out that its general of the Council of Mortgage partnership with local housing Senior MPs are adding to the accounts—and then they have the “Council Housing” group has been vice-chairs of Camden Town, Gospel Oak housing is in a desperate state and the Lenders, April 2002 associations, working together as pressure on John Prescott. The cheek to put conditions on giving formed in parliament to raise the and Kentish Town district nanagement com- ALMO money is critical. But most estates “We now need to look at bringing providers of social housing with Parliamentary Select us our own money back! campaign’s profile. Together we are mittees (representing tenants in their dis- have recently had capital works pro- in private finance into ALMOs. the council as a strategic body for Committee of MPs who Camden tenants are not alone in a force to be reckoned with. tricts) and many other TA reps. grammes. scrutinise Prescott’s office of ALMOs could also be used as a all. The housing department will demanding direct investment This pressure has already won It’s not the first time that Camden ten- Camden has resources to carry out all the deputy prime minister have transition vehicle for disengaging facilitate bringing together without strings. All over Britain concessions. Councils, from next just announced a new enquiry ants have had to defend council housing. the most urgent work on estates—without from the local authority control in initiatives between associations tenants are opposing stock transfer, April, have a new “right to borrow” following their damning report Older tenants will remem- an ALMO. Voting No to ALMO would simply an interim way.” and the ALMO.” as a method of financing major on stock transfer. This one will works. ber the big fight in mean that homes in least need of work might will make recomendations on KEEP PRESCOTT have to wait longer. TO HIS WORD The pressure is on Ministers to provide a revenue stream to councils direct as an alternative to the “decent homes target”, stock options available to Everyone knows that government policy changes all the time. The worst of all pos- Council too quick to give in Deputy prime minister John councils and look at “tenants’ stock transfer, PFI or ALMOs. sibilities is that we get stuck with an ALMO Council Leader, Jane Roberts, Prescott gave this commitment choice”. The biggest question the Andrew Bennet MP, the but the extra funding is cut. An ALMO in fi- has said in Inside Camden (a staff in parliament on 18 June: “We government have been unable to committee chair, called for nancial crisis would be the perfect excuse publication), “The govenment has will try to provide adequate answer is why, if there is now extra direct investment in council to push through selling off our homes. made it abundantly clear that funding for those who want to money for ALMOs, they can’t give it housing at the campaign’s The government needs tenants’ support. there are no other options open stay with local authorities.” to councils direct? mass lobby of parliament in We can win the argument for direct invest- to us.” Executive Member for Camden council should be With stock tranfer already supporting tenants in making January. ment without strings. That way the council Housing, Councillor Charlie discredited, if Camden tenents Pressure like this can win could carry out all the work itself and we Hedges, said to tenants reps on sure the deputy prime minister reject ALMOs it will increase the investment in council housing keeps his word—not letting preasure on ministers to agree wouldn’t have taken a big step towards pri- 28 April, “At the end of the day him off the hook. without an ALMO. vatisation. the government wants us to meet direct investment. Going ALMO really isn’t worth the risk. Tenants in Somers Town saying NO to ALMO on one of the campaign stalls the Decent Homes Target 100 Camden’s own finances are substantial percent and that's what matters.” For the new Chief Executive, In April of this year Camden council presented a distorted a real desire not to distort or overestimate the need for extra as “based on the results of the new stock condition data”.3 How SEPERATE COMPANY MAKES NO SENSE Tenants lose power under ALMO The council claims that exercise even more power. Counting the cost Moira Gibb, commitment to council housing is questionable. She glibly says, “I believe there is picture of its investment need to tenants, in order to justify their political decision to set up an resources.” 1 Within the space of a week, the financial information convenient! It’s difficult to know which figures to trust. However, it is still clear that there is Hiving off housing into a separate company will make cooperation across council departments more difficult. having tenants on the board of directors will The recent elections to the shadow board of directors of the ALMO no one model which is the ‘right’ answer.” ALMO. mysteriously changed. The enough money without an ALMO Housing has a direct effect on our give tenants more power. shows what a nonsense it is. The Director of Housing estimates residents and staff can expect. The council gives in too easily They tried to claim that if we original estimate was that for all the homes in greatest health and our children’s education. This is a con! Tenants were asked to vote that setting up the ALMO will cost to a bit of pressure from A report published in July by the don’t say yes to ALMO, we would 18,800 homes failed the Decent need to be done and most of the It makes no sense to create a separate ministers. At the moment individual for a candidate without £300,000. council’s finance department have to “stay as we are” or “do Homes standard (out of a total others. “housing company”. It will make “joined If they are not prepared to fight up thinking” more difficult when housing tenants and tenants’ knowing who they were. We That seems low considering reveals how setting up an ALMO nothing”. But as we pointed out, of 25,000). On 28 April 2003 If we include the possibilities associations can lobby their were told we couldn’t even what they have spent already on might not only cost council tenants for direct investment today do according to the council’s own tenant representatives were raised by the new prudential managers are following a separate local ward councillors and— ask the candidates questions consultants’ fees, senior more but could cost all council tax you have confidence they would business plan, the work required presented with an updated borrowing opportunities, then ‘company agenda’. as Sheffield tenants did at the in a public forum—because managers’ time and glossy payers in Camden a fortune, too. resist pressure from ministers to to meet 90 percent of the decent figure “calculated using the new the gap between our own material. The report, to the council’s complete the process of homes standard by 2010 can be stock condition data” of 16,525 resources and the ALMOs will last election—vote them out. they might feel intimidated. “I have severe doubts about the Most ALMOs have been quick Overview and Scrutiny privatising our homes once an done using our own resources. non-decent homes; meaning the be even smaller. Camden’s concept of ALMOs. I would oppose The ALMO board setup These are the people who to give senior managers big pay Commission on 29 July 2003, ALMO is set up? The council’s financial experts council’s own resources could financial arguments don’t make them as the slippery slope towards gives us a few token would be entrusted with rises. Leeds spent an extra £1 admitted that “the effect of admitted that our analysis was stretch even further.2 going ALMO worth the risk! privatisation of all council housing. tenants, but they will be in making important decisions million on managers alone. restructuring the department to correct: After campaigners pointed SOURCES I am convinced that ALMOs will a minority and their hands on our behalf. Ashfield’s ALMO cost £2 million reflect the strategic / operational “At the time the business plan was written—between April and June 2002, this was the out the serious discrepancy between the business plan and the council’s glossy 1 Letter from Catherine Illingworth, Head of Investment Strategy, to Templar House TRA, 23 June 2003 2 Round 3 ALMO Bid—Draft, presented to lead to the loss of control of those homes by local authorities and ward councillors and tenant will be tied by company law. Along with the five councillors on the board A strong, independent tenants’ movement with tenants’ associations on to set up. Westminster spent £67,000 on a video. It’s outrageous. split may have an impact on both General Fund and HRA [housing] budgets”. What is an ALMO? council’s best estimate of our propaganda, the number of Joint DMC Meeting 28 April 2003 representatives will no longer have they will be told they have a every estate and street and All the existing ALMOs have Cllr John Mills, the council’s An Arms Length Management Organisation ability to achieve the decent homes needing work rose to 3 LB Camden Round 3 ALMO Bid, May any way to seek resolution of (ALMO) is a new private company setup to legal responsibility to the coordination across districts spent tenants rents on new finance chief, raised serious homes standard. It also reflects 21,275. This was also described 2003 housing cases. I shall vote against corporate images and logos— concerns about the effect that an new company—not to through the district manage our homes. A board of directors any such decision to adopt ALMOs money which could have been ALMO in housing would have on represent our views. management committees is ‘Decent Homes’: a moving target? on the council.” Councillor Roger Robinson St Pancras and Somers Town ward Tenants who sit on housing association boards a much more effective defence of tenants’ interests. used for repairs! Camden council also admit that the rest of the council. The housing department shares other including tenants, councillors and “independents” will run the company. At the The council argues that meeting were “alarmed at the government’s bit longer then maybe we should the ALMO will cost at least council services like office often find they are gagged. If It’s no suprise then that start the council will own the company and the government’s “Decent Homes percieved fixation with numbers, listen,” she said. Council tenants £400,000 extra a year just to cover accomodation, legal, personnel, “I was elected as an anti-ALMO candidate they dare to speak out for the council is trying to Target” is the priority. But many fearing that repetition of pasr voting no to ALMO would be a with more votes than all the rest of the the interests of tenants, they bypass and undermine the the legal and financial costs of finance, etc. we will remain as council tenants. big city councils don’t expect to mistakes might result from the rush clear reason! running a separate company. They Other ALMOs are now looking meet this target including to achieve targets”. Many government targets candidates in my district put together. Since are kicked off the board. DMCs and individual TAs. suggest that savings would need at oursourcing these (another This whole debate is about how long this the election, tenants on the shadow board Ward councillors will have They plan to use 5 tenant Birmingham and Liverpool. Significantly, Sarah Webb, now quietly fall by the wayside or get have demanded input into the ALMO to be made to meet pressures on example of privatisation coming situation will last. Our argument is that Liverpool council was reported Director of Policy at the Chartered changed under pressure. Many the perfect excuse to blame board members as an the Housing Revenue Account. in through the back door). as saying, “We believe there needs Institute of Housing, thinks there just disappear altogether. consultation process. We’ve been continually the ALMO and say there is alternative to consulting TA The proposed restructure of the We’ve already seen what setting up the ALMO company makes it excluded from this. My whole experience so to be some flexibility from could be a case for exemptions It is ridiculous for Camden far has just reinforced my fears of how nothing they can do. reps. Having a board of Housing Repairs department, with privatisation of parking, school easier for the government to get their way government.” Why isn’t Camden from the deadline: “If you show council to put meeting a powerless tenant directors are.” This isn’t tenants’ power. directors will centralise power a top heavy well-salaried tier of meals and other services has and privatise our homes completely—and saying the same? that in your particular government target before the Albert Beale, tenant shadow In reality, under an ALMO and make it more remote and management and pruning and meant. Under an ALMO, Inside housing reported (25 July circumstance you have got a long term interests of council board member for Holborn district senior managers will less accountable—not more. thinning of frontline staff, is an caretaking and district staff could that’s what they want to do. 2003) that some senior managers reason for arguing it should take a tenants. indication of the kind of savings be next.