The following is a related letter which I sent to the Editor of the Daily Post for publication on the same day:
Council tenants in Flintshire are to be congratulated on their emphatic No vote to privatise council housing “We can’t afford to fix council houses..” (DP, March 28) It’s a great shame that the Local Authority was required by Welsh Government to undertake such a wasteful and expensive process; the £1 million cost of the referendum could after all have been spent refurbishing hundreds of kitchens.
Whilst welcoming Aaron Shotton’s late intervention into the debate of a fairer funding settlement for council housing, Plaid Cymru have been campaigning for years against the Housing Subsidy system where up to a third of council house rents goes to the Treasury in London. In the case of Wrecsam Council, £11 million of money that could be used to repair and maintain our 11,000 council houses goes to London; Welsh Councils are the only councils in the UK that still has this unfair burden of taxation.
I very much hope that Mark Tami and other Labour MP’s who have been silent on this issue will now join in with Plaid Cymru’s Jonathan Edwards in his campaign to abolish the subsidy.
Cynghorydd/Councillor Arfon Jones,