The full Press Release is here, (click the heading) including a list of councils who get the cash:
£5M CASH FOR COUNCILS TO STOP ROGUE LANDLORDS
There is a recognition that rogue landlords and beds-in-sheds cause problems in the community.
The poor quality, overcrowded and dangerous accommodation let by rogue landlords can result in a ripple effect of wider problems in the local community such as noise problems; sanitation issues for whole roads; greater fire risk; council tax and benefit fraud and anti-social behaviour such as street drinking.However, only 65 local authorities were invited, and only 48 (which includes 18 of the 33 London Boroughs) will get any cash assistance.
In November 2015 we invited 65 local authorities to bid for a share of £5m funding to tackle rogue landlords. Forty-eight councils across the country will receive funding to tackle rogue landlords in their area.So the obvious question is why is this not being rolled out to every local authority? And why not Redbridge? Was Redbridge “invited” and if so did they apply or was the application rejected?
The leader of Redbridge council, Jas Athwal, has been asked to comment.
UPDATE: Jas Athwal has now commented. see comments section below,