(a) report, published today by the Audit Commission, reveals widespread abuse of the system for giving council houses to tenants in Nottingham…Its report says employees of the housing service, as well as relatives, partners and associates were given houses they should not have had.
Tens of thousands of pounds of public money was spent improving wrongly allocated houses – and some were then bought under the right-to-buy scheme and a councillor lied to help two associates obtain a house.
The report says investigators found a dysfunctional organisation, where staff did not dare question senior managers and employees ignored rules and policies.
It estimates almost 3,000 homes were either allocated outside of the normal ‘points-based’ system, or it had not been properly applied, between 2003 and 2005.”
Several comments left by readers of Nottingham Evening Post indicate that this was well known in the City Housing Department.
“Major abuses of the system were known to employees of the City Housing Department years ago yet nothing was done. If certain privileged tennants demanded extra work doing these known as ***** Specials.”
“this has been going on for years along, with other fiddles that the council know about such as filling their own cars with council diesel, their gardens with council plants, and fiddling money on the embankment match day car parks, I know they know, because I wrote to tell them who and when were doing all this over 3 years ago…same culprits all have the same jobs today.”
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