10th June 2003




The University of Lincoln plays host to the launch of the new Lincoln Commission for Council Housing today (10th June).


The commission has been set up to assess any gaps between the investment required to maintain, sustain and improve housing and the funding available.  It also aims to recommend ways of accessing additional funding via one of the government options.


The launch, which takes place at the university’s Brayford Pool campus, will be attended by John Bibby, project sponsor and Director of Housing and Community Services at the City of Lincoln Council, council members, representative tenants and leaseholders from Lincoln. 


Chaired by Professor Peter Somerville, senior academic in Policy Studies at the university, the meeting will explain the process involved and programme of the commission.


“This is a crucial process in which we invite participation from as many Lincoln tenants, leaseholders and others with an interest in the future of council housing as possible,” said Professor Somerville. 


“The launch of the commission marks the start of the project which includes wide scale consultation and evidence gathering.


“This involves a variety of planned activities, surveys, newsletters, roadshows and other forms of communication over the next three months.


“On behalf of the commission I urge people to contribute their experiences and their views.”


The city council, in common with all other councils, is required by the Government to assess the main options for the council housing stock and housing management service. It is required to have completed an appraisal of options by July 2005. 


The launch takes place at 12 noon in seminar room 1 on the first floor of the main academic building.


For further information regarding the Lincoln Commission visit www.lincoln.gov.uk.



For more information contact: Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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