Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Taxpayers Face Huge Bill Over Housing Deal

news - housing
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

3:35pm 14th November 2012

Cornish taxpayers could foot a massive bill after officials lost a legal battle over a deal to house the homeless.

 

A ruling that the old Restormel and Penwith councils violated their public duties - has been overturned.

 

Now Cornwall Council may have to honour the contract.

 

It says it could go to the Supreme Court.

 

A statement said:

 

“The Council is disappointed by the decision of the Court of Appeal which reverses the High Court decision made last year.

 

“The Council considered it necessary to challenge the validity of the 30 lengthy leases concerned.  Most of the leases were for 25 years.   It considered that the rents under the leases were not beneficial to the taxpayer.  The majority of properties were not suitable for the residents who lived in them, nor were they all in appropriate locations in the local communities.   Therefore the Council was pleased when the High Court ruled that the leases could be terminated by the Council at any time. 

 

“Following that judgment, the Council talked to all the occupants of the properties which were not already empty.  The majority of those residents were very keen to move to alternative, more appropriate accommodation. 

 

“Over 70 people have had positive moves to other accommodation and welcomed the Council’s assistance.  26 of the properties had been returned to Charles Terrance Estates.   The Council anticipated that the earlier decision would have saved at least £4.5 million in public funds. 

 

“This saving would have benefited the taxpayer in Cornwall whilst allowing the Council to secure better and more appropriate housing.   Unfortunately, the result of this judgment is that the leases are valid and the Council is still bound by their terms and the rents under them.

 

“The Council is considering whether to appeal to the Supreme Court.

 

“In the absence of any appeal, the Council will carefully consider how the properties should be used having regard to all relevant matters including housing need, the impact of any use on local communities and the ongoing financial burden.”

3:35pm 14th November 2012

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
Full Size Render

PHOTOS: Explore Cornwall's real-life dolls' house

It could be yours for over a quarter of a million pounds...

fire engine

Crews battle house fire near Bodmin

Flames ripped through a garage on Saturday

Most read
golitha falls

UPDATE: Man found dead in Cornish woodland

Police not treating the death as suspicious

quintrell downs crash

UPDATE: Five people injured in crash

A car and lorry hit at Quintrell Downs

Top articles

BREAKING: Man airlifted after plunging from cliffs

Cornwall News: Rescue crews were called to coastline near Lelant

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

With Douglas Carswell gone, what's next for UKIP?

National News: Douglas Carswell had two reasons for joining the UK Independence Party.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Cheryl announces birth of first child with Liam Payne

Showbiz News: The pop star and former X Factor judge Cheryl has given birth to a baby boy.

Prisoners in Mexico riot after escape tunnel is discovered

World News: Three inmates are dead and one has been injured after a prison riot in Mexico.

Alligator returns to give pro golfer fright

Sports News: An alligator bravely dispatched from the fairway by an American golfer during the Arnold Palmer Invitational returned for a second day - and this time it stood firm.

Newer article

Off the Buses

Cornwall News: First drivers walk out again leading to travel disruption across Cornwall and Devon

Older article

Bus Strike To Go Ahead

Cornwall News: Drivers walk out for a second time over pay and conditions

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.