Published: 25/06/2014 09:28 - Updated: 25/06/2014 09:39

Moray Council to promote downsizing scheme

A SCHEME encouraging council tenants in Moray to downsize from under-occupied houses is to be promoted more widely.

The move follows what the council describes as the success of the incentive scheme, since it was introduced two years ago, for tenants living in properties with three or more bedrooms.

The council’s communities committee heard this week that 27 tenants had taken the opportunity to downsize under the scheme, with another 19 awaiting a transfer.

The bulk of applications to downsize came from tenants over the age of 60 and most were either single occupants or couples with no children.

Incentives for tenants volunteering to downsize include a £1,500 flat payment, plus £400 for each bedroom relinquished.

Practical assistance is also available to help tenants move, such as arranging removals.

The committee heard that despite its success in the first two years, there were areas where the scheme could be improved.

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