DETR ‘disappointed by lack of scope' in lettings bids
Government officers have criticised councils' bids for the DETR's choice-based lettings pilot for not being innovative enough, it was claimed this week.
More than 70 councils are set to miss out on the £11 million pilot programme, with 94 bids for only 20 places in the scheme (Inside Housing, 16 February).
Although officially the government has praised the bids' high quality, a Housing Quality Network briefing paper says the DETR is disappointed ‘with the lack of variety in scope and innovation'. A DETR spokesman scotched the suggestion as ‘absolute rubbish' – but the network insists that DETR's concern is that bids stick too rigidly to ideas in the housing green paper.
Criticism is understood to have come from the Government Office for the South East, in comments to one of the bidding authorities. DETR will this month announce 20 bids selected to take part in the scheme, for which it has allocated £11 million over three years.
One of the bids singled out for its innovation is from rural Kennet council in Wiltshire, which proposes an interactive TV trial to help applicants browse properties.
16 March 2001, for more on this story.