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Council tenants in Devon paid to downsize homes

People living in large council houses in a south Devon district are being offered cash incentives to downsize.

The scheme has been described by South Hams Council as a way of releasing under-used properties so that larger families can be accommodated.

Tenants in social rented housing will get £1,000, plus £500 for every bedroom released, when they agree to move to a property with fewer bedrooms.

It is being funded by council tax paid on second homes.

A pilot scheme in Ivybridge has already resulted in three households downsizing, enabling their larger homes to be re-let to families in need, South Hams Council said.

The scheme is now being extended throughout the district.



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