Council newbuild housing programme announced

Housing minister John Healey this week gave the go-ahead for construction of 2,000 council homes for rent, in the biggest local authority housebuilding programme in almost two decades.
The £377m programme, which covers 47 local councils, could generate up to 5,000 new jobs in construction.

The Government is also to add £127m to the £250m provided by local authorities, as part of the prime minister’s £1.5bn housing pledge made in June.

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