I greatly welcome this article which touches on the very essence of what is required for tenants to have any self-respect and dignity, as without having real choice we will remain second class citizens for ever no matter what else it's being done in the name of so-called choice.
But I would like to add my proposal to the options Dr Leuning has listed.
What about having a board directly accountable to the tenants?
I mean, the HA boards would be elected by the tenants themselves every four years exactly as as any election, with one tenancy one vote as I have been saying for years? It seems to me the least fussy and the most democratic way for tenants to really have a say.
After all why should we tenants be put through all the hassle of having to switch here and there, from almo to housing association to back the council, when we could just kick out useless boards or ineffective board members and chief executives using the oldest and still most popular system of democratic control of elections?