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COUNCIL HOUSE SELL-OFFS MAKE HEADLINES AGAIN

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Under the headline 'Right to bye-bye', The Mirror (p11) today becomes the latest newspaper to discuss the issue of ...
Under the headline 'Right to bye-bye', The Mirror (p11) today becomes the latest newspaper to discuss the issue of the transfer of the management of local authority housing.

It says the great British tradition of council housing will be dead within 10 years because cash-starved authorities cannot afford to look after homes.

A Shelter spokesman said: 'We are concerned about what happens to the tenants of homes that are sold off. A lack of affordable houses is leading more people into hostels, then into homelessness. The very last thing the country needs is more hard-up people thrown out on to the streets.'

It lists the top 10 councils for axing homes. The list is headed by Birmingham, followed by Sunderland, Walsall, Coventry, Calderdale, West Lancashire, Wycombe, Richmond and Chester.

Peter Lacey, a Coventry City Council member who backs his authority's plans to transfer 20,699 homes to a housing group, said: 'Our homes are old and wearing out. This can only be stopped by spending more money than the government allows us to spend.'
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