South Hams tenants paid £24,000 to downsize and move

South Hams Council housing bosses said the scheme was a good use of public money.

Related Stories

Seven social housing tenants in part of Devon have been paid a total of £24,000 to move to smaller properties, a council has confirmed.

The money has been paid under the Tenants' Incentive Scheme in the South Hams, which went live in March.

It asks tenants in larger properties which are under-occupied to consider downsizing to allow homes to be freed up for others on housing lists.

Council housing bosses said the scheme was a good use of public money.

Mike Saltern, the council's executive member for housing, said: "I would prefer to have a system where we would encourage and incentivise people to downsize, rather than have a situation where it was compulsory or we have a need to enforce it."

The South Hams was the least affordable place to live in Devon, according to a report from the National Housing Federation earlier this year.

The federation's South West Home Truths 2010 revealed it came top of the county's least affordable areas.

It said that in the South Hams the average home cost £283,420, making it about 15 times the average income of £18,949.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Devon

Weather

Plymouth

Min. Night 16 °C

Features

  • A painting of the White House on fire by Tom FreemanFinders keepers

    The odd objects looted by the British from Washington in 1814


  • Chris and Regina Catrambone with their daughter Maria LuisaSOS

    The millionaires who rescue people at sea


  • Plane7 days quiz

    What unusual offence got a Frenchman thrown off a plane?


  • Children testing a bridge at a model-making summer school in Crawley, West SussexSeeding science Watch

    The retired professor who turned village children into engineers


  • Krouwa Erick, the doctor in Sipilou town at the border of Ivory Coast and Guinea - 27 August 2014Bad trip

    The Ebola journey no-one in Ivory Coast wants to take


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.