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HOUSING associations in Liverpool are set to receive an extra pounds 12m over the next three years.

There are nearly 10 times more vacant houses in Liverpool than the government's target.

Baroness Brenda Dean, chairwoman of the Housing Corporation, revealed the funding boost ahead of a report on Liverpool housing, due next month.

The study reveals a 50% increase in grants to housing associations from the public service by the 2003.

The current pounds 23m will rise to pounds 29m at the beginning of next year before reaching pounds 35m.

The report, Renewing the Housing Market of Liverpool's Inner Core, was commissioned by the city council and city housing associations.

It was done by Peter Lee and Brendan Nevin at Birmingham university centre for urban and regional studies.

But Mr Lee warns the city faces a bleak future unless it solves its housing crisis, which he blames on bad 1960s planning decisions.

He underlined problems in Granby and Toxteth, Kensington, Picton and the Scotland Road corridor.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2001
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