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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2001): Social Housing - UK

AGENCIES FOR CHANGE

M. Simpson

Housing, Nov. 2000, p. 23

Explores the impact of plans to incorporate home improvement agencies into local authority Supporting People Strategies, where they will have to compete for funds with other service providers.

NO, MINISTER

M. Levi

Housing, Nov. 2000, p. 20-21

Argues that current government proposals for rent reform in social housing may impact adversely on wider plans for regeneration and improved housing services.

TENANTS KEEP FAITH WITH COUNCIL HOUSING

N. Timmins

Financial Times, Nov. 28th 2000, p. 10

Reports findings of a survey showing that 78% of council tenants would rather rent from the local authority than from a housing association or private landlord. Among housing association tenants, 27% would rather rent from the council and 46% would like to live in council housing if they could get it. Where councils are found wanting is on the condition of their estates and neighbourhoods and on the standard of their repair services. Results suggest there may be more resistance than government expects to plan for bulk transfer of council house stock to housing associations.

(See also Guardian Society Nov. 29th 2000, p. 4)