Below is an extract from a report to DMT April 2015, Title-Private Sector Empty Property Plan 2015-19, Environment and Development Services.
8.1) The council will be rewarded through the New Homes Bonus for reducing the number of long-term empty properties (i.e those that have been empty for over six months) in the borough. Rotherham Council has been successful in receiving approximately £5m in New Homes Bonus to date. However these funds have been allocated to meet internal budget pressures and are not available for financing the initiatives highlighted in the Private Sector Empty Property Plan.”
In other words we are getting Government money to use to bring empty properties back into use but we will spend it any where bar where it is needed. This is going on whilst councils like my own, Dinnington, are left with the misery caused by long term empty houses. It would seem that the Commissioners and Read have done little to change the way that the corrupt council that is Rotherham is run.