Magazine article Public Finance

Council Housing 'Is Improving'

Magazine article Public Finance

Council Housing 'Is Improving'

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Services run by local authority housing departments continue to improve with no evidence yet that rent arrears have risen during the recession, a study has shown.

According to the report by Professor Hal Pawson, council performance has improved steadily since 2003/04. Uncollected rent has been cut by onethird, the time taken to let empty homes has been reduced by almost a quarter and the proportion of urgent repairs completed late has been cut by half, from 6% to 3%.

Pawson 's analysis, for consultants Housing Quality Network, was based on management figures submitted in 2008/09 by local authorities in England. These showed that the increases in rent arrears predicted at the start of the recession had failed to materialise in spite of rising unemployment Arrears fell from 2.2% to 2. …

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