Brighton and Hove's Green-led council has been accused of "acting as agents for the Tory-led coalition" after a letter emerged which appears to contradict the council's pledge to not evict council tenants who are unable to pay the 'bedroom tax'.
Brighton and Hove’s Green-led council has been accused of “acting as agents for the Tory-led coalition” after a letter emerged contradicting the council’s pledge not to evict council tenants who are unable to pay the ‘bedroom tax’.
Two weeks ago the Green administration running the council set out a policy that would preclude those getting into arrears over the bedroom tax from being evicted.
However a letter has emerged apparently threatening a tenant with court proceedings to repossess their home after they went into arrears over the tax.
The tenant who received the letter spoke to the council citing the local Green’s no eviction policy, only to be informed by a member of the council staff that they had “never heard of it”.
At a meeting two weeks ago a Green Housing committee spokesperson assured a group of residents that there would be “no more threatening letters sent to tenants”.
Labour and Cooperative spokesperson for tenant liaison Leigh Farrow is now demanding an immediate investigation into the council’s much trumpeted policy of ‘no evictions’.
Labour and co-operatice councillor Leigh Farrow said the local Greens were “acting as agents for the Tory-led government”.
“I am today calling on the Green administration to launch an immediate investigation into this matter and to give assurances that no further distressing threatening letters are being sent out to tenants.”Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.