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AUDITOR BEGINS INVESTIGATION INTO WANDSWORTH'S HOUSING POLICY

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The district auditor has begun an investigation into allegations that Wandsworth LBC ran a homes for votes policy, ...
The district auditor has begun an investigation into allegations that Wandsworth LBC ran a homes for votes policy, the Sunday Times reports.

The paper says that Rowland Little of accountants BDO Binder Hamlyn waited until last week's highly critical reports into Westminster's housing policies was published before beginning his own investigation.

All the broadsheets report prominently on the allegations against Wandsworth, together with an emphatic denial of any impropriety from sir Paul Beresford, former council leader and current Tory MP for Croydon Central.

The Sunday Telegraph, however, describes the allegations against Wandsworth as less serious than those levelled against its fellow Tory flagship, Westminster LBC.

The single outstanding complaint from a council tenant will be dealt with as part of the annual audit this spring, it adds.

The Sunday Times in the same front page article goes on to detail how Westminster's housing policy was developed. It refers to a campaign conducted by lobby firm GJW to £420 for council home buyers could tip the balance in four marginal Conservative wards.

A GJW spokesman is quoted as saying that the campaign was successful in generating additional financial assistance for the council.

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