Cash set to revive 6000 derelict buildings

5th July, 2013

Government gives £91m funding to bring homes and premises back into use
The government has allocated £91 million to refurbish and return to use over 6000 empty and derelict homes and commercial premises.
The funding will be spent on refurbishment in places where empty properties have led to collapsing house prices as residents leave blighted areas – particularly in the Midlands and North, where the problem is most acute.
The funding is being allocated under two programmes:
•    £61 million from the empty homes funding programme. Two thirds of this is allocated by the Homes and Communities Agency to registered social landlords, with the remaining money going to community and voluntary groups. This tranche of funding is forecast to bring 3200 homes back into use.
•    £30 million from the Clusters of Empty Homes programme for 20 partnerships in areas of acute problems such as Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Middlesbrough, which is predicted to bring around 3500 homes back into use.
Funding from the empty homes programme will see £33 million go to the North of England, with a further £11 million for the Midlands.
Communities minister Don Foster said: “A very significant amount of this money will benefit the Midlands and the North”.
For further details of the empty homes funding programme and clusters funding.

Source: http://www.building4change.com/page.jsp?id=1862

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