Pathfinder review finds schemes struggling

The Audit Commission has warned that pathfinder renewal schemes in the north and midlands may struggle to recover from the credit crisis. It said the downturn could not have come at a worse time for the schemes, and it expects the house price gap between pathfinder areas and other parts of the country will widen again. The commission called on the Homes and Communities Agency to monitor the pathfinders more closely and to establish a ‘broad vision’ for the programme.