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Funding boost for Operation Pheasant

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An operation to stamp out the exploitation of migrant workers by rogue landlords has been granted £44,500.

Fenland District Council has received extra money from the Department of Communities and Local Government to help with its work in Operation Pheasant.

The extra money, which comes from the Government’s Rogue Landlord Fund, will allow the council and its partners to increase the number of property inspections, take on extra case work and make greater use of enforcement powers.

Cllr Will Sutton, the cabinet member who oversees the council’s role in Operation Pheasant, said: “To have secured this extra funding is further proof of how important this work is and how successful the partnership has been. It shows that the DCLG recognises that there are still serious issues with rogue landlords.

“Thanks are to Steve Barclay for his efforts in this.”

Last week the cabinet agreed to go ahead with a public consultation on a proposal to introduce a “selective licensing” scheme in seven wards in Wisbech.

If approved it could require landlords to show they can comply with normal standards and manage their properties properly.

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