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SOCIAL SECURITY BILL 'TOO HIGH' FOR YORK HOUSING IMPROVEMENTS

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The Yorkshire Post (p26) reports on what it dubs a pioneering housing improvement scheme in York which has backfire...
The Yorkshire Post (p26) reports on what it dubs a pioneering housing improvement scheme in York which has backfired on tenants.

The paper says that under the Tenants' Choice scheme for repairs work tenants were allowed to choose the fittings and pay for them with related rent increases.

Now, the Department of Social Security has stepped in to claim the government has paid too much towards the funding of the scheme with its subsidies for tenants claiming housing benefit, says the paper.

Director Housing services, Bob Towner, said that whether or not a tenant was receiving housing benefit was not a consideration and the council had been caught unawares. The case could cost York city council £300,000 or a 61p a week rent rise for all tenants.
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