Housing mobility scheme aims to make life easier for London commuters

London’s social housing residents are benefiting from a new scheme which allows them to move across the capital for jobs.

The scheme, launched by 15 of the capital’s social housing providers, aims to eliminate all the traditional struggles associated with moving house.

In order to deal with the struggle many people face to commute to London jobs, each of the G15 members will leave around five per cent of their properties free for those who want to move closer to their workplace.

Each of the housing providers have also pledged to offer residents similar terms as they were used to in their last property, reports london24.com

Speaking to southernhousinggroup.co.uk, National Housing Federation chief executive David Orr said: “Tasked with giving Londoners greater mobility and control over where they work, this G15-led group has really thought on its feet.

“The ‘G15 London moves’ project will be widely watched by both politicians and housing professionals as it rightly aims to show that housing can be a springboard as well as a safety net.”

London and Thames Gateway are the two regions which have been selected to pilot the scheme, which will be rolled across the capital if successful.

It is hoped that the project could also eventually be used for reasons other than a change in employment, such as downsizing or health reasons.  

by Joe Elvin on May 23, 2011

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