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Hilary Armstrong

Local government minister Hilary Armstrong has backed plans to tackle the pounds 10bn to pounds 20bn council house maintenance backlog using private finance. Pilot projects will be developed in response to a report published on Monday by local government private finance promoter 4Ps. The Government has also unveiled an pounds 800M package to rebuild England's most deprived neighbourhoods. Some 17 'pathfinder' areas will be invited to bid for a pounds 12M share of the money as the first stage of the initiative.

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