Committee of Public Accounts Press Notice

A STATEMENT FROM EDWARD LEIGH MP

CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

National Audit Office report: Housing Market Renewal

So far over 10,000 homes have been bulldozed as part of the pathfinders housing market renewal scheme, over 1,000 new homes have been built, and 40,000 have been refurbished. Many local inhabitants of these areas feel as though the DCLG has run roughshod through their towns and communities, but the question is to what benefit?

There is no evidence that pathfinders are bringing about improved social cohesion and although low demand for properties has fallen in the pathfinders areas, it hasn’t fallen as quickly as it has in the rest of the country. You have to wonder if these areas would see the same or greater regeneration if left to their own devices. 

This is a 15 year initiative and £2.2 billion has already been committed to it. Given its performance to date, it is hard to think of another programme which was trumpeted with such a fanfare, but which has hit so many wrong notes.

Notes for Editors

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