This is the text of the NAEPP response to the Guardian special feature on empty homes. This appeared on the 14th April 2010 as a "Response" item - this is where a letter-writer is given longer than a normal letter to respond to an earlier story.
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Below is the text of NAEPP's letter to the Guardian following their two-page spread on Monday 5th April
"Dear Sir or Madam
Shelter Scotland are recruiting an Empty Homes Co-ordinator for Scotland on a 2-year contract.
Their advert is shown below.
Empty Homes Co-ordinator
We've just updated the NAEPP analysis of Council Tax Base data to take account of the figures for September 2009 which have just been published by CLG.
This shows that the number of long-term empties (excluding exempt homes) has declined by about 3.5% whilst the number of short-term empties (exemption code "C") has increased by about 2.5%, The overall change is a reduction of about 0.8%.
Here is the link to our recently updated Empty Property Strategy:
The Empty Homes Network Guidelines for local authorities on nonitoring empty homes interventions documents are now in their final and approved versions, having been approved at the EHN(NAEPP) Executive Meeting of the 24th Febuary 2010. (Earlier versions are also available in the Information Library).
A slightly updated version was released in December 2010 to reflect the change of name from NAEPP to EHN.
We will be lobbying for the relevant information to be included in the annual HSSA return to give due recognition to local authority empty homes work.
Here is a link to the latest (updated end of October 2009) version of our proposals for a National Empty Homes Initiative, now including an introductory word from the Empty Homes Agency. This will be circulated to the press and relevant agencies.
This is now in our Information Library here.
Here is the first draft of our proposed National Action Plan for Empty Homes. It's time for NAEPP to move the agenda on empty homes forward in a step change that requires government at all levels to take the issue more seriously, building structures and allocating resources in a way that is commensurate with the task we all face.
This has arisen out of the Executive meeting in Derby on February 23rd 2009.
Don't forget to sign the Inside Housing petition on the No. 10 Downing Street website at:
And take a look at the campaign home page on the Inside Housing website at
Plans to bring 234 empty private sector homes back into use over the next three years are about to go before the Council's Cabinet for approval.
Empty Property Project Officer (2 year fixed-term)
LB Newham Council on behalf of the East London Renewal Partnership
£37,542 - £40,095 pa inc.
For further details please view the attached job advert
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