11 November 2007

'Borough of opportunity' falls flat

Tory plans in Hammersmith & Fulham to get council tenants to move out and buy properties are failing because no one wants to take up the 'social homebuy' scheme.

This lack of interest led to the Tory cabinet considering a report at its last meeting to increase the financial incentives available to tenants. Never before has so much housing money been devoted to so few people.

But Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh, the leader of the council who has been championing the policy as part of his so-called 'borough of opportunity' programme, pulled the report at the cabinet meeting. Time for a rethink!

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