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Monday, November 22, 2010

Dealing with empty homes

The BBC report that up in Scotland a scheme to bring some of Scotland's 50,000 empty homes back into use has been launched. They say that the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership has been created to help local authorities make use of vacated properties from the private sector.

The two-year project isfunded by the Scottish government and relies on the public to report the address of a suspected empty home. So far, 14 of Scotland's 32 local authorities have signed up.

Here is Wales Shelter is spearheading an initiative to identify the 26,000 private sector homes but there is no Welsh Government strategy and very few local Councils are geared up to deal with them. In fact the powers available to Councils are inadequate and funding is scarce.

Is it not about time that the Deputy Minister grasped this nettle?
Found this on Guido Fawkes.

'BBC Wales director Menna Richards, on leaving BBC Wales this year, will join the board of Glas Cymru, the not for profit company behind Welsh Water, and will allegedly get £54,000 per annum for a minimum time commitment of 22 days.'

That is £2454.55 per day!

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How can this money be justified in a boom period let alone in an age of austerity where schools and hospitals are being closed?

Is this not public money?
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