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Reform of Council Housing Finance: Proposals Fall Short
After the promises in the ministerial statement, which held out hope of a funding breakthrough, the government has now published its consultation document. We said we would measure proposals on reform to council housing finance against our long-standing demands - and they fall short.
The consultation document explicitly promises a level playing field between transfer and retention. The promise of capital grants in excess of 6 billion to meet the backlog of outstanding works offers real hope.
But councils also need enough funding to maintain these standards, to prevent us going round the same cycle of disrepair again: and the amount of extra money being offered for management, maintenance and major repairs in the long-term is derisory compared to previous government and independent recommendations.
Ask your council to cost what these proposals will actually deliver locally.
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22 Jul 2009


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