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Council given a housing windfall

South Lakeland District Council has outlined plans on spending a £1m housing windfall from the government.

The council had expected to be allocated only half that amount.

The Buy Back scheme will be given cash to enable ex-council house tenants who bought their homes to sell them back if they are struggling financially.

There will also be improvements to Town View Fields Hostel which houses homeless people temporarily until long-term accommodation can be found.

A communal lounge will be created and an office converted into an interview room to give staff a private area to speak to residents.

Councillor Brenda Gray, portfolio holder for housing and development, said: "The council is really pleased to have received more than double the amount of money that was expected.

"We are now able to continue to offer the community a number of very helpful schemes, and the improvements we will be able to carry out at Town View Fields Hostel will be a huge benefit to families staying their in the future."

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