Local MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed a raft of new Government measures to shake up the housing sector, with £1.5 billion investment in building new homes, changes in the rules on how social housing is allocated and reform of the way council housing is financed.
As part of the Government's Building Britain's Future plans, £1.5 billion has been pledged to build 20,000 new affordable, energy efficient homes over the next two years, 13,000 of which will be social housing.
The investment is also aimed at getting stalled housing projects back on track, which will deliver another 13,000 homes.
In addition to this massive house building programme, the Government announced plans to change the rules on how social housing is allocated, giving more power to local councils to give more priority to local people and those who have spent a long time on a waiting list.
This is coupled with radical reform of the way council housing is financed, with proposals to completely dismantle the current system to allow councils to keep all of the money they raise from renting homes and manage their housing to meet local needs.
“I'm delighted to see this investment from the Government and proposals to give more powers to local authorities to decide who gets housing and how to spend the rental income."
“I urge West Lancashire Borough Council to take advantage of this new funding and apply for money to build desperately needed affordable housing in the borough for local residents.”
Rosie also partook in a radio interview on Dune FM with regard to the housing issue in West Lancashire. You can listen to the recordings of these interviews using the players below. Many thanks go to Dune FM for supplying the audio recordings.