Huppert seeks reassurance over housing promise

May 29, 2010 1:26 PM

Julian HuppertMP Julian Huppert is seeking reassurance that the government plans to press ahead with promises made under the Housing Revenue Account Review which could allow Cambridge to keep all the money it raises from council house rents.

Cambridge City Council had been told it would be able to hold on to £11 million it had been paying to the government and could spend the money on repairing homes or building new ones.

In return, it would be expected to contribute to paying off the historic debt from other councils across the country in a one-off settlement.

Julian has asked Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in a written Parliamentary Question what plans he has for the future of the Housing Revenue Account Review carried out by the previous Labour Government.

"This review is extremely important to Cambridge," said Julian. "It means that money collected in Cambridge can stay in the city to make life better for the families that live there.

"We desperately need new homes for people on our housing waiting list and this review gives us the money to build some of those homes. I want to make sure that the government will honour the promises made."

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