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Gordon Brown's social housing programme under scrutiny

When the UK government announced a £1.5 billion social housing programme which would see 20,000 new homes built across the UK for those on low incomes and council house waiting lists, traditional Labour voters clapped their hands with enjoy. However, as Parliament goes into recess it has been revealed that the £1.5 billion required to fund his social housing programme in the future is not available and is now being clawed back from councils up and down the UK.

In one of the most blatant attempts of "robbing Peter to pay Paul" dozens and dozens of Council housing development programmes have seen their funding slashed in order to allow the government to grab the headlines with the £1.5 billion social housing programme. It would also appear that preference has been given to the north of England and the Midlands with the south of the country appearing to pay the highest price to appease traditional Labour strongholds.

Councils up and down the country have vowed to fight the plans and Gordon Brown looks likely to have a battle on his hands to push through the funding requirements for his flagship programme. More and more it appears that the UK government is simply moving chips around the poker table and creating headlines and praise which is ultimately retracted when the truth comes out. Will we ever learn?

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