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Job boom to follow housing shake-up.

GLASGOW is set for a jobs boom thanks to a shake-up of the city's council housing.

Around 4000 jobs could be created as control of the 90,000 homes is transferred out of council hands.

The work will come from pounds 1.6billion worth of refurbishments, as well as new construction projects.

Communities Minister Wendy Alexander will give details when she launches the city's housing stock transfer plans tomorrow.

Tenants will be given a vote next spring on whether the houses should be transferred into private ownership.

The new owners are likely to be non-profit-making housing associations and tenants' co-operatives.

The trade union Unison claims the move would lead to job losses among council staff. It also fears that tenants' rights would be eroded.
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