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Councils too focused on new build, says Audit Commission

A new report by the public spending watchdog is urging local councils to shift their focus from new build housing to upgrading existing stock.

The study by the Audit Commission said there was too much emphasis on new building and that one in three councils struggled to understand the housing market in their own area.

Commission chairman Michael O’Higgins said: “In tougher times, it is all the more important that councils think strategically and creatively about housing and take their housing responsibilities seriously.”