Push for stronger tenants charter following political control change
Labour are hoping their original proposal will be supported now Conservatives have lost control of the council
The first Full Council meeting at Cherwell District Council since the debacle over the Council’s leadership in May takes place tonight.
The meeting will see the Conservatives unable to control the decisions being made – as long as the opposition parties vote together.
Cherwell’s Labour councillors will be pushing for a strengthening of the council’s recent Tenants’ Charter. This was first proposed by them in December last year, but was significantly amended by the then majority Conservative administration to only apply to the Council’s own tenants – some 180 homes.
A motion will be proposed by Councillor Andrew Crichton this evening, seeking to re-visit and strengthen the Council’s position, which is currently just advisory to private landlords in the district.
Councillor Crichton said: “All tenants, whether they are in council properties, other social housing or private properties have rights. The aim of this Charter is to state clearly what those rights are and make renters across Cherwell aware of how to seek support when their landlord has behaved improperly.
“Unfortunately, the Conservatives felt the need to limit the Charter to tenants in Council owned properties last year. We promised a proper Tenants’ Charter during the local election campaign as we believe this is not good enough.
“Now that the Council has fallen into ‘no overall control’, we are proposing that the charter be extended and publicised to all tenants in Cherwell, no matter who they rent from. I am proud to be proposing this motion on Monday on behalf of the Labour group, and I hope the Conservatives will do the right thing this time and back it at full council.”
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam