Compensation paid over 'unfit' council home
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Compensation of £35m paid over 'unfit' council homes

Compensation payouts to people living in damp and damaged council houses in England have reached more than £35m in the past five years.

Nearly 11,000 disrepair claims have been brought against councils since 2011/12, according to figures obtained by the BBC.

Seventy-five local authorities disclosed they had paid out £35.4m in total to deal with disrepair claims.

Southwark and Lambeth councils paid out the most in compensation and legal costs - about £10.5m each. The highest amount outside London was Leeds with more than £4.5m in payouts.

  • 14 Feb 2017