Gravesham council tenants offered cash to downsize

PUBLISHED: 11:07 21 September 2012 | UPDATED: 10:09 24 September 2012

Council tenants in Gravesham are being offered money to downsize to a smaller property in order to cope with demand for family homes.

The voluntary pilot scheme will increase the amount received for each bedroom given up from £250 to £500 with up to £500 for removals, as well as other incentives including a repaint of their new home, new flooring and curtains.

In Dartford, tenants already receive £500 for each bedroom released plus £100 to help with moving costs.

Gravesham council says it has more than 1,500 three, four and five bedroomed council homes occupied by single people or couples while 3,000 are on the waiting list, many of whom need bigger homes.

Cllr Sue Howes, lead member for housing at Gravesham council, said: “No one is going to be forced to move. This is entirely voluntary.

“There are lots of reasons why someone might want to change, including no longer being able to cope with keeping a larger home decorated, heated and clean. Our pilot scheme provides tangible help.”

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