Government Funding to Bring Empty Homes Back into Use

01 June 2012 Categories: News

Government Funding to Bring Empty Homes Back into Use

Earlier this week the government announced that they are to inject £145million into redeveloping run down and neglected properties for use again as family homes.

The funding is to be split between 20 councils around the UK and also voluntary/community groups across the country in a bid to bring some of the 720,000 empty homes back to living standards.

According to Communities Minister, Andrew Stunell, the number of empty homes in the UK is a disgrace and for every two families on the waiting list for a property there is one home sitting empty.

The Clusters of Empty Homes Fund, which will distribute the money, has already chosen the 20 local authorities that will receive a grant. Authorities needed to submit a bid with an outline of their proposed plans for redevelopment. Understandably cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and Middlesbrough will all receive a grant however some smaller areas were also successful.

Between the council projects and the community groups it is thought that around 10,000 empty homes will be returned to a liveable condition.

Mr Stunell commented on the new funding project saying “I’m delighted to announce this funding boost today that will allow councils and community groups to bring these houses back to life and offer families a chance of a stable and secure home. We need to do much more to tackle this problem. This Government is breathing life back into these neglected neighbourhoods.”