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Rotherham council houses to return to authority control

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Image caption The decision has been taken after consultation with tenants

Council housing in Rotherham is to return to the direct control of the authority as part of cost saving plans.

Since 2001, responsibility for the 21,000 properties had fallen to the council's arms length management company, 2010 Rotherham Ltd.

The decision to return to in-house provision has been taken after consultation with tenants.

The council said it would save the authority about £1m per year and would be invested in housing services.

The arms length company was originally set up to enable access to government funding to improve the houses, which councils were not entitled to.

Now that funding is coming to an end, the council said there was a "strong economic argument" to return to local authority control.

Councillor Jahangir Akhtar, cabinet member for housing, said: "By making this move we can make significant savings from administration, management and other back-office functions.

"These savings can be transferred to front-line housing services, to the direct benefit of our tenants and leaseholders."

The council said once services were transferred, 201 Rotherham Ltd would be wound up.

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