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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government

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Tenants in Salford are being given the chance to shape the future of their homes.

Salix Homes' 'Your Home, Your Say' survey will inform the City Mayor's decision on whether ownership of Salix's properties remains with the council or goes to a tenant ballot for a transfer to a registered provider (RP) or housing association.

Residents are being asked whether their homes should:

a) stay with Salford City Council (the council currently owns the homes. If tenants choose this option, Salix would continue to carry out the housing services, repairs and improvements on the council’s behalf or the properties would go back to the council to manage directly)

b) be transferred to a RP (this option could mean that the properties are transferred to Salix Homes, should it become a RP following the survey and potential ballot)

Government restrictions on the amount that local authorities can borrow have left the council without sufficient funds to improve all of its housing stock.

As a result it has had to look at new options to ensure that there is enough money to improve homes and continue to provide a good level of service to tenants.

RPs have greater freedoms to borrow. With government support, transferring the properties to a RP could lead to homes being improved and services maintained.

Assistant Mayor for Housing, Councillor Gena Merrett, said: “The Your Home, Your Say survey is a unique opportunity for Salix Homes’ tenants to shape the future of their own social housing.

“I hope as many tenants as possible take part in the survey, so the customer panel has a true picture of opinions on such a crucial issue.”

Barbara Harper, a Salix Homes tenant and chair of the survey's customer panel, said: "I'd encourage each and every tenant to make sure they take this chance to have their say on what they want for their home and future housing service.

"We will be making a recommendation to the City Mayor informed by what tenants say in this consultation, so it is important that we get as many views as possible."

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