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Council's record on void homes revealed

Tynwald told of capital's void property bank

Tynwald members have been told it's unacceptable that well over 50 public sector homes in Douglas have been empty for a year.

The figures were revealed by the infrastructure minister after a series of questions from David Cretney MLC, on behalf of those on waiting lists. 

Mr Cretney said it was wrong a Tynwald question was needed to reveal Douglas council's record on the number of void properties on its books.

A significant proportion of the total number of voids owned by the council are undergoing refurbishment, and not available for re let.

He said government should demand regular updates from the council - as taxpayers foot the bill for the shortfall in public sector housing costs.

Figures would also help ensure the target for re-letting of homes is met.

Mr Cretney said the current situation is a cause for concern:

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