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Communities and Local Government (East Midlands)(CLG) More funding for housing choice in Northamptonshire and NottinghamshirePublished: 15/12/08
More tenants will be able to have a greater say over their housing options and where they wish to live following a £1m allocation announced today by Housing Minister Iain Wright.
Councils in North Northamptonshire (Wellingborough, Corby, East Northamptonshire and Kettering) and Nottinghamshire (Ashfield, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood and Bassetlaw), with their partner housing associations, will be able to offer greater choice to new and existing tenants after successfully bidding for funding to develop their Choice Based Lettings Schemes.
The schemes offer tenants greater mobility, choice and flexibility when looking at their housing options enabling them to move across different local authority areas.
The money from the Government's Regional Choice Fund today means that in total over 80 per cent of local authorities will have choice based lettings schemes in place once these new schemes go live. Nearly £20m has been allocated for CBL schemes over the last 7 years.
The new successful sub-regional schemes are:
Housing Minister Iain Wright said:
The funding announced today will also develop the services of the Greater Manchester pilot scheme, Pinpoint, which launched this July. Pinpoint offers housing choices across Greater Manchester and the increased funding will enable them to offer additional features, including a sub-regional accessible housing register. The register will help disabled people across the Greater Manchester region get the housing they need, and enable social landlords to make the best use of their adapted and accessible housing.
The Government remains on track to achieve its 2010 target for all local authorities to offer choice in social housing. The proposed schemes announced today will start to come on stream from the end of 2009.
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