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Homeseekers fail to join scheme

More than 7,500 people seeking homes have failed to sign up to a new scheme designed to replace housing registers.

Homefinder Somerset began in December 2008 and was set up by four district councils and Taunton Deane Borough Council.

The website lists available properties so applicants can bid to move into any property in Somerset.

Under the old system, 19,949 were registered, but so far only 12,396 people have reapplied to be homed.

Rick Pallister, deputy leader for South Somerset District Council, said: "Those who were in high priority need, every single one of them is registered, so we are confident no one has slipped through the net.

"If [those with the lowest need] thought they were a priority, they would have registered by now."



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