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EMPTY HOUSES TASK FORCE CALLS FOR LIAISON WITH COUNCILS

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The task force on empty houses belonging to government departments 'unambiguously accuses ministers of bad accounti...
The task force on empty houses belonging to government departments 'unambiguously accuses ministers of bad accounting and even, obliquely, of deliberate cover-ups' says The Guardian's housing section (sect 2, p21).

Unofficial estimates are that the cost of keeping the nearly 16,000 empty houses and flats involved - 15 % of total government stock - runs to between £100 and £200m a year, the task force announced this week.

It calls for annual targets for disposing of the properties and for relevant details to be circulated to all local authorities and housing association managers, the paper reports.
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