21 Jun

Govt commits £91m to get empty homes back in use

Govt commits £91m to get empty homes back in use

Empty homes that sit without residents for long periods are one of the biggest problems in the British property market, and now the government is moving to make a difference and change this.

The Department of Communities and Local Government has announced that some £91 million will be pledged to local areas to help bring an estimated 6,000 empty homes back into use.

It is hoped that the funding will help refurbish areas which have commonly seen infestation and squatting as hindrances because of empty homes in the vicinity.

The money will be provided in two phases, with £61 million spent on bidders welcomed from all areas of the UK (except London), while the rest will be dedicated to recognised problem areas such as Manchester, Middlesbrough and LIverpool.

Communities minister Don Foster said: "This will bring people, shops and jobs back to once abandoned areas, and provide extra affordable homes we so badly need.

"We have already made very good progress, cutting the number of long term empty homes by 40,000 but with thousands of people in this country desperate to buy a home and areas still suffering problems of urban blight we must go further still."ADNFCR-1222-ID-801602510-ADNFCR

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