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MPs criticise DCLG's land disposal programme

Thu 1st October 2015, 11:29 am

The Department for Communities and Local Government's (DCLG) land disposal programme has been heavily criticised by the Public Accounts Committee: MPs tasked with overseeing the government’s expenditures to ensure efficiency and transparency.

One of the main concerns the committee has with the programme is that DCLG does not collect data on the number of houses which have been built or are under construction – nor does it collect information on proceeds from land sales, or whether or not land was sold at market value.

The committee also raised the point that the department had also included land sales from before the start of the programme towards hitting land disposal targets, giving an unclear reflection of the results.

DCLG has responded to the report by accepting the weaknesses in their programme and has pledged to improve the methods in which it is monitoring its progress.

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