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WALSALL IN BID TO TRANSFER HOMES UNDER CITY CHALLENGE

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Environment Minister Baroness Denton yesterday launched new guidelines on how local councils can successfully trans...
Environment Minister Baroness Denton yesterday launched new guidelines on how local councils can successfully transfer their homes to housing associations.

She later went on to comment on the expanded transfers programme announced in the Budget at the end of November saying she was pleased to say that the changes made by the Chancellor mean a larger programme for 1994/95 than anticipated.

'All but one of the transfers are traditional LSVTs in shire districts. I am therefore pleased that Walsall Metropolitan Borough in the West Midlands has come forward with a rather different proposal. It has applied to transfer 1,500 inner city homes as part of its City Challenge programme.

'Where it is financially viable I am keen to pursue the idea of stock transfer in inner city and other urban areas in order for tenants in these areas to reap the benefits of LSVT. The experience of Walsall should provide lessons for other urban authorities, and I wish them and the other authorities on the 1994/95 programme the best of luck.'

However, Baroness Denton said that a favourable result in a tenant ballot was never a forgone conclusion. It generally required cross-party member support, strong support from officers, a well presented, well run and even handed consultation process and a proposal which was attractive to tenants and wins their confidence. She also said that she hoped more existing housing associations would be encouraged to become involved in LSVTs in future.
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