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Monica Gort, of Muswell Hill, attacks Haringey Borough Council over tenancy strategy and housing allocation consultation
A woman has attacked Haringey Borough Council over “gobbledygook” in its proposals to end lifetime tenancies.
Monica Gort, of Springfield Avenue, in Muswell Hill, says most tenants will not understand the council’s consultation document for its new tenancy strategy.
In order to answer the questions people must first read a 27-page document - which Ms Gort claims is full of jargon.
She said: “There are a lot of people who will be affected by these proposals who don’t speak English as a first language.
“I think the questions would be difficult for people who have spoken English all their lives.
“People will also be put off because it takes a good chunk of time to get through those 27 pages.
“For a consultation to be meaningful then people have to take part and if they can’t then what’s the point?”
The plan will mean new council tenants will be offered a fixed-term contract rather than lifetime tenancies and would limit a family member’s right of succession.
The council will also increase the time people must live in the borough before joining the housing register and make registered social housing providers consult with the council on their use of affordable rent and fixed term tenancies.
Ms Gort, who is a member of Haringey Defend Council Housing, thinks offering people fixed tenancies defeats the point of social housing.
She said: “The whole point of council housing is that it is secure, affordable and the landlord is accountable.
“By offering people fixed tenancies it means the housing is no longer secure and tenants are at risk of being forced to leave their homes.
“It was a Labour government who brought in social housing and now a Labour council is trying to get rid of it.”
Camden and Islington councils decided not to go ahead with similar proposals to change their tenancy strategies.
A Haringey Council spokesman said residents are welcome to contact any council officers if they would like information to be clarified or explained.
He said: “These consultations are on complex policies and the supporting documents have been designed to explain important information to residents.
“Residents are able to request translations and have been invited to make contact with council officers if they would like any information to be clarified or explained.
“The consultation is live for a three-month period. It has been widely circulated and people can take part on line or via paper copies if they request these.
“As well as conducting focus groups and promoting consultations through the web, the council has contacted around ten thousand people on the housing register individually by email and letter to invite them to take part.”
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