Further to David Gibben's original post, has there been any confirmation from Government about either cessation or continuation of NHB? Or the form of / timescale for potential replacement incentives? I note in the Government's 29/01/19 written statement about the final settlement that: "The consultation illustrated that the sector wants certainty on the future of the New Homes Bonus after next year. The government remains fully committed to incentivising housing growth and will consult widely with local authorities on how best to reward housing delivery effectively after 2019-20." We are currently deliberating about whether to undertake a major data cleansing exercise prior to October snapshot - the recorded number of long-term empty properties normally influencing calculation of NHB payment. If (apart from reducing the headline figure for number of LTEs) it would bring no financial reward, then it would arguably be an unjustified burden on staff resources; but if we stand to benefit financially, as we have in previous years, then it could be worthwhile. I'd be grateful if anyone could help shed light on the situation to help us decide. Thanks in anticipation of advice.