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PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - The Seaside & Country Homes scheme is designed to free up social housing which is being used by pensioners and help them to swap the city for the coast
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A housing association has explained why some of its homes in Cornwall are being used to help London councils to move pensioners out to free up homes for young families. LiveWest, one of the largest housing providers in Cornwall, provides homes for Londoners under the Seaside & Country Homes scheme. It was reported this week that at least 1,000 pensioners from the capital have moved out of the city to homes by the sea under the programme and that there are more than 3,000 properties available to social tenants aged over 55 who are looking to downsize. That includes properties in Cornwall. On the London Assembly website it indicates that there are 40 bungalows in Illogan and 21 flats in Perranporth owned by LiveWest which are part of the programme. It states that demand for the Perranporth homes is “low” and “medium” for the Illogan bungalows. Read more: Councillor says Cornwall needs more than 1,000 temporary homes London councils said that by being able to move pensioners out of larger properties allowed them to offer social housing to younger families. They said that the scheme was “very popular” and that there are around 150 successful applications every year. The London Assembly website states: “As well as giving older people the opportunity to move to a new area, the scheme helps homeless and overcrowded families in London. This is because it gives them the chance to move into the homes vacated by those people who move to the seaside or countryside. This is why priority is given to Seaside & Country Homes applicants who will free up the most bedrooms.” Get the best stories about the things you love most curated by us and delivered to your inbox every day. Choose what you love here With Cornwall currently in the grip of a housing crisis the existence of a scheme which is providing homes for people in London when people living here cannot find suitable housing is sure to raise eyebrows.
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. There are currently thousands of households on the waiting list for affordable and social housing whilst several hundred are also currently stuck in temporary accommodation including hotels and B&Bs as they cannot find suitable housing. The housing crisis has worsened in recent months due to a number of landlords evicting tenants because they are choosing to either sell their properties or turn them into holiday lets and Airbnb properties to take advantage of the boom in staycations. However, LiveWest explained that the scheme was originally set up in the 1980s and only forms a very small part of the housing that they provide in Cornwall. And the homes can only be used by people who have transferred from London as part of the scheme. Suzanne Brown, executive director of operations at LiveWest, said: “LiveWest have a small number of properties in Cornwall which were transferred to us from the former Greater London Council in the 1980s, under a scheme called Seaside & Country Homes. These homes were funded and built by the former Greater London Council and were part of a GLC initiative in the 1960’s to enable older people living in London to retire to other areas of the country, releasing family-sized properties for affordable rent. “Following the abolition of the GLC, in 1988 the homes were transferred to Housing Associations with a legal requirement to allocate the homes through the Seaside & Country Homes Nominations scheme. This means that when any of these transferred homes become vacant they must first be offered to those who are registered on this scheme by the London Boroughs. “These homes represent a tiny fraction of the homes we allocate in Cornwall. For example, last year we allocated just four homes under this scheme, compared to 937 homes allocated to people registered on Cornwall’s own scheme which is called Homechoice. “LiveWest plans to build around 7,000 homes in the South West over the next five years, developing new homes of all tenures including low-cost rent and sale, market rent and sale, and a range of supported housing and intermediate housing options, creating choice and flexibility.” READ NEXT: Rishi Sunak pledges to press ahead with second homes council tax premium Plans to turn bungalow into 'overbearing' six-bedroom house approved Hospital boss warns of risk of 'absolute crisis' unless more done to tackle bed blocking Family given permission to build new farmhouse in countryside MP calls for secretary of state to step in on hospital unit delay
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