20 October 2011>
Following a meeting between Caerphilly Council, the Shadow Board of Castell Mynydd, Caerphilly Tenants' Panel, advised by the Independent Tenant Adviser, and the Welsh Government, it has been agreed that further information is to be issued to tenants as part of the current consultation on a proposal to transfer tenants' homes to a new Community Housing Mutual organisation, Castell Mynydd.
The Council issued the Formal Consultation Document (also known as the Offer Document) to tenants at the end of September. All parties agreed that this will still form the main basis on which the ballot will be held.
However since the document was agreed, further work on the Council's financial position has shown that, while it could not achieve the WHQS within the five year period, that is by 2017/18, it would be able to bring homes up to the WHQS by 2019/20.
This was approved by full Council at its meeting on October 11th as its strategy if homes stay with the Council.
As a result of this new information, it was felt appropriate that there should be a short addendum to the Offer Document summarizing what this would mean for tenants whether they support staying with the Council or transferring to Castell Mynydd.
Tenants will receive the additional information ahead of the ballot. Tenants will have another 28 days to consider the new information and to send comments to the Council.
This extension to the consultation period means the ballot is likely to take place in early 2012.
Transfer can only go ahead if the majority of tenants who vote in the secret ballot are in favour of the proposal.
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