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SPENDING REVIEW - CLOSER LOOK REVEALS HOUSING SHORTFALL

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Council housing has received little extra money in the government's comprehensive spending review, the Local Govern...
Council housing has received little extra money in the government's comprehensive spending review, the Local Government Information Unit has claimed.

Ministers will put£1.6bn more into social housing over the next three years, but an LGIU briefing suggests council properties will not get much of it.

The briefing says: 'Closer examination of the DETR figures reveals that the overall resources directly available to local authorities for housing investment through basic credit approvals, the major repairs allowance and disabled facilities grants will fall by£21m over the period 2001-02 to 2003-04.'

This only becomes an increase when an extra£460m for arm's length housing management companies is included. LGIU director Dennis Reed said: 'Those who were quick to say this was at least a minor victory for local government need to look at the figures in much more detail. If carried through this indicates the death of council housing.'

The government denied it had failed to boost investment: 'They're just messing around with words. We've changed the method by which we deliver money, but it's still an increase.'
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