Tenants urged to vote in housing ballot

Housing protestors outside the Town hall l to r Paul Page,Sarah Chambers,Geoff Turnbull and Carrie Hedderwick
Housing protestors outside the Town hall l to r Paul Page,Sarah Chambers,Geoff Turnbull and Carrie Hedderwick
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CAMPAIGNERS created a ‘mock estate’ of council houses outside Sheffield Town Hall to highlight the need for tenants to vote on the future management of their homes.

All 42,000 households on the city’s estates are being balloted this month on whether their management should remain with arms-length company Sheffield Homes or return to the council.

Members of Defend Council Housing, who held the demonstration, believe management should return to the council to save on management costs and to ensure housing remains in public ownership.

Sheffield Council would prefer management to be taken back ‘in house’.

But others including former Sheffield Homes tenant director Jose Derrick have said they believe Sheffield Homes should remain because it has made huge improvements in the quality of housing. It received a top rating in Government inspections of its performance.