Don’t sell homes

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION / NEWS -

Ed­i­tor,

Why are Porirua coun­cil­lors even think­ing of sell­ing the only coun­cil hous­ing we own?

The el­derly peo­ple who live in Moana Court are wise and ex­pe­ri­enced enough to know their fu­ture will be more pre­car­i­ous if this pro­posal goes ahead.

Ex­pe­ri­ence tells us that con­tract­ing out pub­lic ser­vices to the pri­vate sec­tor leads to higher costs for tax­pay­ers and ratepay­ers, the loss of ac­count­abil­ity and poorer ser­vice.

Hospi­tal clean­ing and home-care ser­vices for the el­derly are just two ex­am­ples: ser­vices built on a model of cheap labour and ser­vice cuts to max­imise pri­vate prof­its.

In the last lo­cal body elec­tion, not a sin­gle coun­cil­lor, from the mayor down, cam­paigned on a plat­form to pri­va­tise so­cial hous­ing for el­derly res­i­dents.

Quite sim­ply, coun­cil­lors do not have a man­date to do this.

ANNE GOOD­MAN, Ti­tahi Bay

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