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LABOUR OUTLINES PLANS TO TACKLE HOMELESSNESS

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Housing spokesman Nick Raynsford has confirmed Labour's pledge to allow local authorities to spend proceeds receive...
Housing spokesman Nick Raynsford has confirmed Labour's pledge to allow local authorities to spend proceeds received under the right to buy scheme, The Times reports (p2).

Mr Raynsford warned that the money would not be released all at once. 'We are determined to use these receipts in the most cost effective way.'

He told an Empty Homes Agency conference that compulsory purchase of vacant properties would be one tactic used to tackle homelessness.

And private landlords who failed to maintain their properties would receive less housing benefit than those who kept their premises in good shape, the paper reports.

Housing minister David Curry told the conference: 'The fact is that in any political analysis of what voters want, health and education take precedence and housing cannot obtain the money to provide the homes we need.'
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