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Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington

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Local MPs lead condemnation of Government's £112 million housing blunder

July 27, 2009 11:30 AM
Sutton Tenants Protest Government Housing Fund Scheme

Tenants would like to see the £112million allocation given more flexibility.

Tom Brake MP and Paul Burstow MP will be in Downing Street on Monday 27th July to publicly condemn the shocking news that £112 million of Government funding for renovating housing in Sutton will not be available for redirection elsewhere.

A petition has already been signed by thousands of tenants to condemn the recent Government's announcement. The money was expected to be available to pay for the replacement of more than 800 antiquated box bathrooms, insulation and other energy efficiency work, as well as much-needed improvements to plumbing and electricity in many developments.

Tom Brake MP said:

"We demand answers from Downing Street. I personally challenge the PM to come to Sutton and explain that silly decision to Sutton tenants."

"Local people were expecting this money for their homes. This is a betrayal for them. I urge local resident to sign the petition on-line."

"The Government will condemn thousands of tenants to a future in poor and inadequate housing while continuing to pay millions of pounds in rent as a negative subsidy to the Treasury."

Paul Burstow MP added:

"It is really disturbing to learn that the money is to be siphoned off. It comes as a blow to the morale of staff in Sutton Housing Partnership who have been working hard to draw up the plans and prepare for the Audit Commission's inspection this autumn, and has caused a sense of betrayal among the tenants."

The petition has also been presented last Tuesday in Parliament by Paul Burstow MP. Lib Dem Deputy Leader of the Council, Ruth Dombey, has set up a Facebook group which will also keep campaigners updated as opposition to the Government's plan mounts.