SEP 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Housing Now Out Of Council Hands
council houses have now been transferred to a private company,
completing the largest switch of its kind in the country.
entire stock of 20,169 houses has now been passed over to the
Whitefriars Housing Group.
decided to go ahead with the plans because of a huge backlog of
part of the deal the government has written off the debt the
council owes for building the houses.
means that Whitefriars will now have money available to carry out
repairs, and £240m of work is planned to be carried out over a
transfer took place following a vote among tenants last December.
Councillors, tenants and people outside the council will sit on
boards to give input to Whitefriars.
staff have been transferred from the city council to the new
Registered Social Landlord, and the new company will take on new
George Duggins, the cabinet member responsible for overseeing the
whole concept of transferring the city’ s housing stock has
been three years in the making.
will benefit not only the tenants but the whole city too,
through having a knock-on effect to the local economy though
jobs and training.”
lined up for include a uPVC window replacement programme, and
modernisation of heating, kitchen and bathroom facilities.
tenants have been guaranteed that their rents will not go up by
more than one per cent above the Retail Price Index for the next
councillors have complained that new tenants will not enjoy the
same rights, and that they could face large increases.
Cllr Peter Lacy, the unpaid chairman of the Whitefriars Housing
am confident that the transfer will provide Coventry housing
tenants with a first class housing service and a real say and
stake in the future housing needs.”