MAKE ESTATE BALLOTS FAIR!
The Public interest Law Centre (PILC) and their solicitor, Paul Heron, has been been a fantastic help to our campaigning work at the Elephant.
Now the PILC is campaigning to level the playing field for ballots on the future of council estates, which include proposals for demolition. Many of these ballots are being won by councils, after using uncapped public funds to canvass for ‘yes’ votes.
The London Assembly has proposed a Resident Empowerment Reserve Fund to redress the balance. Local communities opposed to demolition would be able to draw on this Fund, to put across their point of view.
Sadiq Khan now has to decide whether to include the Fund in his 2022-2023 budget. He is considering this now and will respond this Thursday 24th February, at Mayor’s Question Time, when he presents his final budget to the Assembly.
EMAIL THE MAYOR NOW!
PILC has set up an emailing campaign to the Mayor, via this link – https://www.pilc.org.uk/tell-sadiq-to-say-yes-to-the-resident-empowerment-fund/ .
The email urges the Mayor to adopt the Fund. It also asks that the terms of access to the Fund is formulated by community members who have experienced estate-ballot processes and would have benefited from the Fund. The email will be copied to Tom Copley, the deputy Mayor for housing.
The email only takes one minute. PILC’s message can be retweeted https://mobile.twitter.com/publiclawcentre/status/1489266674125574144