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Conservative MP backs Brighton tenants' call for independent social housing inquiry

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government

Conservative MP backs Brighton tenants' call for independent social housing inquiry Conservative MP backs Brighton tenants' call for independent social housing inquiry

A Conservative MP is backing calls for an independent inquiry into the way social housing is run in Brighton and Hove after the council scrapped a tenants body to save money.

Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby is supporting tenants who have written to the government calling for an independent inquiry after residents involved in the City Assembly passed a vote of no confidence.

The City Assembly is a twice-yearly meeting where people representing resident associations and city-wide groups meet up to discuss topics that matter to tenants and leaseholders.

With 83% of the 68 people attending the Assembly supporting the no confidence motion, those behind it claimed they were speaking for the majority of the city’s 14,000 tenants and leaseholders.

Bill Randall (pictured), chairman of the Green Party-led council’s housing committee, said: “I understand the emotions behind the motion, but it paints an inaccurate picture of the city’s housing service and, particularly, tenant involvement.

“We are strongly committed to involving our 11,500 tenants and 2,800 leaseholders in everything we do as a landlord.”

John Melson, who proposed the motion, told the Brighton Argus there had been growing distrust and dissatisfaction among tenants.

He said matters came to a head when Green and Labour councillors voted to scrap the sub-committee as part of a reorganisation – while saving £16,000 a year.

In response, Cllr Randall said the move to scrap the committee was voted through at two town hall committees by a majority of democratically-elected councillors.

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