Downsizing scheme frees up 15 homes

Echo: Downsizing scheme frees up 15 homes Downsizing scheme frees up 15 homes

FIFTEEN homes are now available for families under a new scheme which gives people cash incentives to move to a smaller property.

Basildon Council launched its downsizing scheme in December last year, offering up to £1,500 to tenants to move into smaller properties – making bigger homes available to other people.

The scheme was designed to help unclog the authority’s social housing waiting list, with thousands currently in line for council homes.

Kay Boshell, 65, moved from a three-bed property in St George’s Court, The Fryth, Fryerns, into a one bed property in St Gabriel’s Court, Pitsea.

Mrs Boshell, said: “The property is absolutely beautiful and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.

“Everyone has been so helpful. I don’t have anything bad to say whatsoever.

“I would like to encourage people to use the scheme if they can.”

The council has also tightened its regulations on the list.

It passed a new policy last year under the previous Tory administration, where only people with a local link to Basildon for seven years were able to join the list.

Phil Turner, leader of Basildon Council, said: “We want to make the best possible use of the housing we already have to ensure there are homes available for families who need them the most and have over 300 households that are currently under-occupied.

“I am delighted Mrs Boshell has used the scheme.

“Downsizing not only helps families who need the extra room, but it can also help meet the personal needs of those who no longer want a large property.”

The cash is available for people who want to move from a familysized social home to one bed or two bed properties.

To find out more, contact Basildon Council on 01268 533333.

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9:17am Wed 2 Jul 14

CarnMountification says...

All single and couples to be evicted, if they are renting a house, put them in flats
All single and couples to be evicted, if they are renting a house, put them in flats CarnMountification
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11:55am Wed 2 Jul 14

DAGASMAN says...

CarnMountification wrote:
All single and couples to be evicted, if they are renting a house, put them in flats
What planet are you on? Its def not earth
[quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: All single and couples to be evicted, if they are renting a house, put them in flats[/p][/quote]What planet are you on? Its def not earth DAGASMAN
  • Score: 6

4:27pm Wed 2 Jul 14

jolllyboy says...

Fine if there are decent places available. Fine if you dont want a garden, and are happy to live in a box. Remember some of these living still in houses have had their turn at being homeless or living in unsuitable premises.
Fine if there are decent places available. Fine if you dont want a garden, and are happy to live in a box. Remember some of these living still in houses have had their turn at being homeless or living in unsuitable premises. jolllyboy
  • Score: 5

9:50am Thu 3 Jul 14

roger moore says...

probably to make room for large families coming here from abroad :/
probably to make room for large families coming here from abroad :/ roger moore
  • Score: -1
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