Sefton cutbacks after tenants' transfer no vote
Sefton Council's housing service is facing cuts after council tenants voted against their homes being transferred to a housing association.
A total of 55 per cent of tenants who took part in the ballot voted not to transfer more than 12,400 homes to a new housing association, which had proposed to spend more than £198 million on repairs and improvements in its first five years. There was a 68.2 per cent turnout.
Sefton Council is £67.1m short of the money it needs to meet the decent homes standard by 2010.
Roy Williams, Sefton's housing director, confirmed that the council 'will have to look at making cuts in the service'.
'Without the extra £198m, hard choices will have to be made about the way the service operates,' he said.
A council spokesperson said: 'It will mean a substantial loss of income for us. We are going to have to make cuts and this could potentially mean that jobs will be lost.'
Sefton Council housing staff joined a Unison-led strike earlier this month following the suspension of six union officials who were accused of intimidating behaviour during an anti-transfer demonstration (Inside Housing, 12 August).