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ASSOCIATIONS FAIL TO IMPROVE IMAGE OF COUNCIL ESTATES

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The transfer of council estates to housing association control has failed either to improve their image or defeat t...
The transfer of council estates to housing association control has failed either to improve their image or defeat the 'hard to let' stigma attached to them, the Guardian reports (Society, p9).

Even though associations have been able to tear down significant numbers of sub-standard council dwellings and replace them with new homes, many people continue to perceive these estates as undesirable ghettos.

The reason for this failure, according to the report 'A New Lease of Life', by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, is that despite spending£1.3 bn in three years, the associations have not created the desired social mix of tenants.
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