The Government has spent £2 billion on house-building since June 2009 and has announced it intends to allocate an additional £278 million to build 5,000 more affordable homes across the country.
In an upbeat end of year report from the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Government says its house-building programme has not only helped to tackle the shortage of affordable homes but it has also supported the construction industry – it will protect and create thousands of jobs, including 2,800 new apprenticeships.
Over £245 million of the new funding for more affordable homes will go to Housing Associations in all regions of the country.
Schemes receiving funding under the National Affordable Housing Programme include:
- £12.5 million to provide 97 affordable homes in Wapping Lane, Tower Hamlets. (This is the first large development site in Wapping for over a decade.)
- £641,663 to provide better short term accommodation for women seeking refuge from domestic violence in Wigan.
- £2,495,000 to aid delivery of 46 new homes in Charlton Hayes, Filton, including retail, community space and a school to serve the new development and existing communities.
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