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Council Housing (Lodgers)

Volume 885: debated on Wednesday 5 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether, in view of the urgent need to maximise the use of existing housing accommodation, he will issue detailed guidance to housing authorities encouraging them to implement schemes whereby council tenants can take in lodgers.

The Joint Circular on Homelessness (DOE No. 18/74) commends schemes for encouraging council tenants to take in lodgers, but such schemes are better worked out by the local auhorities concerned than set out in detail by my Department. My right hon. Friend will, however, be issuing further general advice about this and other ways of promoting the better use of the existing stock of housing, and about provision for single people.