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CHANGES NO BENFIT FOR THE HOMELESS, PROFESSIONALS COMMENT

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If councils could once again enter into long-term leases, they could lease empty private or government property thr...
If councils could once again enter into long-term leases, they could lease empty private or government property through housing associations to house waiting-list and homeless applicants, a letter to The Independent points out (p17).

London Housing Unit chair Margaret Moran writes that in London this would save more than £53,000 for each household if the property was leased for 20 years.

She said that the government is about to 'sting the public with a bill for £20bn to fix something that was working in the first place.'

Another letter on the subject of this week's homelessness changes, from National Housing and Town Planning Council director Ann Holmes, says:

'It is dogma alone that side-tracks the government from the obvious solution of ensuring an adequate supply of housing at affordable rents.'

Cllr Moran also comments in a letter to The Guardian (p23) that the paper was the only one 'to extract a confession' from Sir George Young that his plans to force councils to use the private rented sector will cost the taxpayer more money through increased housing benefit payments.

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