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Housing Transfers

Volume 32: debated on Thursday 25 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied with the arrangements between local authorities in Greater London for meeting the housing transfer requests of their tenants to move across borough boundaries; and, in respect of such moves, what statistical evidence he has of recent trends.

Council tenants in Greater London who wish to move to other London boroughs' areas may use the inter-borough nomination scheme—(IBNS)—and the Greater London mobility scheme—(GLMS)—which form the county level of the national mobility scheme for London. As indicated in the first annual report of the national mobility scheme, a copy of which was placed in the Library in August, 1,259 moves were made in 1981–82 through the inter-borough nomination scheme and 5,609 through the Greater London mobility scheme, although not all of them were by existing council tenants within London. More detailed information may be available from the London Boroughs' Association, which runs the IBNS in which all but three London boroughs participate, and from the Greater London Council, which runs the GLMS.Tenants who wish to exchange their homes, with their landlords' consent, may also use the services of the Government's tenants exchange scheme and the GLC's mutual exchange bureau to find possible exchange partners.