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ROTHERHAM PROBES OFFICER'S PURCHASE OF COUNCIL HOMES

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Rotherham MBC has launched an investigation after it was revealed that a senior officer bought two council houses o...
Rotherham MBC has launched an investigation after it was revealed that a senior officer bought two council houses on an estate at the centre of a compulsory purchase bid.

The Yorkshire Post (p1) reports that the council is now considering banning officers from buying property from the authority in order to be seen to remain above board.

Houses on the Arundel estate were said to be in imminent danger of collapse due to subsidence. The news prompted the council to warn families living in the former mining community that their homes might be subject to a CPO.

But it has now emerged that the council's head of property and building construction services, Ian Russell, bought a pair of semi-detached houses in the heart of the estate more than a year ago.

Chief executive Alan Carruthers has maintained there is nothing wrong with the deal -but has nonetheless launched an inquiry into the issue.

A spokeswoman said the 'council realises that it is not enough to do everything by the book, we have to be seen to be doing so. The public need to have confidence in the conduct of the council's business and we are reviewing procedures and considering whether it might be appropriate, or possible, to preclude officers from bidding for property the council selling in the future.'

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