Review of housing cuts

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THE impact of potential cuts to repairs and improvements for council houses in a South Yorkshire borough is being examined by councillors.

A Barnsley Council scrutiny commission has launched an investigation into what impact the changes may have on Barnsley’s communities.

The probe started with a public meeting at Central Library, Shambles Street.

The commission is launching its investigation in the light of reductions in the money available to maintain and improve housing in the borough.

A Barnsley Council spokeswoman said: “A lot of progress has been made in recent years to upgrade housing in the borough but the commission fears this might be at risk because of cuts, and is worried those whose homes still need improving will miss out.

“The commission wants to find out how big these cuts will be and what is going to be done to reduce their impact on Barnsley’s communities.”