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.'