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Last Updated: Monday, 24 January 2005, 17:46 GMT
At-a-glance: Housing plans
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Labour says it wants to help more onto the housing ladder
Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has published the government's five-year housing plan. Here are the key points.

First time buyers

  • Up to 80,000 first-time buyers promised help through the construction of new low-cost starter homes on publicly owned land, including 100 former NHS sites

  • There will be a competition to build a home for 60,000

  • First time buyers will pay only the 60,000 building cost, not the price of the land.

Social Housing

  • New Homebuy scheme will allow 300,000 council and housing association tenants to buy a share of their home

  • Proceeds from the scheme will be reinvested in housing

  • 10,000 extra social homes to be built a year by 2008 - a 50% increase on current rates

  • Tenants promised more say over where they live by extending choice over lettings nationwide

  • New MoveUK scheme to combine national information about jobs and housing opportunities to help people move to a different region.

House building

  • Plans confirmed for 1.1 million new homes by 2016 in four growth areas - Milton Keynes and the south Midlands, Ashford in Kent, the Thames Gateway in south Essex and north Kent, and a strip running from Peterborough to London, covering areas around Cambridge and Stansted Airport

  • Local councils to be allowed to reserve land for affordable rural housing for key workers and local people

  • New planning guidance to help local councils release unwanted industrial land and encourage brownfield development

  • 40m to help areas who want sustainable housing growth and regeneration.

Other measures

  • On homelessness, target of halving numbers in temporary accommodation by 2010

  • Sites promised for travellers and gypsies but coupled with plans to tackle "unauthorised" development

  • 5bn to help more than 1.2 million people, many of them elderly or disabled, change their homes so they can live independently.

How the government plans will work

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