East Lancashire councils to receive £6.3m bonus for promoting new homes

Blackburn Citizen: Housing can be improved with the cash Housing can be improved with the cash

EAST Lancashire’s borough councils will next year get a government cash bonus of more than £6million for promoting new homes in their areas.

This is four times last year’s figure of just £1.46million.

The scheme rewards councils where property development has taken place.

Town hall bosses have yet to decide how the money will be spent but can use it however they wish, including paying for services or freezing council tax.

Even Hyndburn, which last year received just £5,320, gets £346,775 for the financial year 2014/2015.

For 2013/2014 Chorley Council was awarded £739,008, Burnley £240,208, Pendle £179,420, Ribble Valley £170,723, Rossendale £73,085, and Blackburn with Darwen £58,272. For the coming financial year Chorley gets £2,629,818, Burnley £583,341, Pendle £714,071, Ribble Valley £576,563, Rossendale £583,390, and Blackburn with Darwen £897,060.

Although the £6.3million for the seven councils is far more than last year, it contrast with multi-million pound payments to borough’s in London and South of England property hotspots.

Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: “This extra money from the government is welcome but it comes against a background of much larger cuts in mainstream Whitehall grants to East Lancashire’s councils.”

Burnley borough housing director Paul Gatrell said: “We welcome the award. Burnley Council is committed to regenerating housing across the borough. We’re working with private developers to build new good quality homes that meet the needs of our communities..

Ribble Valley council chief executive Marshal Scott said it was ‘compensation’ for finance settlement cuts.

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3:22pm Fri 20 Dec 13

shytalk says...

Can the councils please have a bonus for repairing the roads before they get a bonus for promoting new homes that no one has the money to buy
Can the councils please have a bonus for repairing the roads before they get a bonus for promoting new homes that no one has the money to buy shytalk

3:51pm Fri 20 Dec 13

eastlancslad says...

'Promoting new homes?'
What the chuff does that mean?
Giving planning permission for new developments wether or not local people want them?
Or is it simply a bribe from National Government to Local Government, who can spend it on what they see fit.
Like their own priorities...
Well, if it walks like a duck......
'Promoting new homes?' What the chuff does that mean? Giving planning permission for new developments wether or not local people want them? Or is it simply a bribe from National Government to Local Government, who can spend it on what they see fit. Like their own priorities... Well, if it walks like a duck...... eastlancslad

8:28pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Loving lances says...

What about forcing absentee property owners to imptove their empty
Houses?
What about forcing absentee property owners to imptove their empty Houses? Loving lances

11:15am Tue 24 Dec 13

caateqerat says...

This is sheer unwanted use of citizens money, the should only be given if anybody applies for a new home also people who want to renovate their houses should not be given the money this scheme should be given to those who are really going to build a house. As the articles says need to fulfill the need of the communities this means that the money is given to the developers and constructors and not to the people who are in need of help.
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This is sheer unwanted use of citizens money, the should only be given if anybody applies for a new home also people who want to renovate their houses should not be given the money this scheme should be given to those who are really going to build a house. As the articles says need to fulfill the need of the communities this means that the money is given to the developers and constructors and not to the people who are in need of help. read this content caateqerat

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