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CHOICE FOR HOUSING GOES LIVE

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Housing minister Nick Raynsford today switched live the new Choice for Housing (C4H) website. ...
Housing minister Nick Raynsford today switched live the new Choice for Housing (C4H) website.
C4H is the housing investment options information service, launched by the Chartered Institute of Housing, Local Government Association, HACAS Chapman Hendy and supported by Northern Consortium of Housing Associations.
The primary aim of the service is to enable local authorities to assess the pros and cons of various housing investment options, such as arms length companies, private finance initiatives, stock transfer and stock retention prior to those authorities deciding to investigate one or more of these options in detail.
The web-based service will also be valuable for RSLs wishing to engage in partnership activity with local authorities.
C4H was launched in November when Mr Raynsford said: 'I welcome the CIH initiative to provide practical help to authorities who are carrying out option appraisals.'
CIH chief executive David Butler: 'The government has made it mandatory for local authorities to assess their housing options. To help authorities C4H offers cost effective access to technical advice in manner which can be shared with members, tenants and partner RSLs.'
Paul Bettison, chairman of the LGA's housing executive, said: 'We are pleased that following the Housing Green Paper there are a wider range of investment options available to local authorities.
'Our survey published this week on the new strategic housing role highlights that most councils are seriously considering more than one investment option. The C4H service will provide vital, informed advice for those local authorities that have yet to make up their minds about investment.'
The Choice for Housing web address is www.c4h.org.
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