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Boosting choice

A consortium of 15 local authorities and housing associations has been given 1.6m to help set up sub-regional choice based lettings schemes as part of a government drive to offer more choice and better services for home seekers.

The funding will ensure a further 59 councils adopt a choice-based lettings approach, bringing the total to 150. This is intended to provide social housing tenants with maximum choice.

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