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Unions call for help with housing

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Cambridge trades unionists are campaigning for more homes

Unions have started a campaign for more council housing for workers in Cambridge after it was revealed the city's waiting list has topped 7,000.

The District Trades Council is calling on the City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council to build more affordable homes.

It also wants pressure put on the government to end repossessions.

South Cambridgeshire says it's committed to 40% affordable homes on any new development in its area.

No-one has so far been available for comment from Cambridge City Council.

'Increase in homeless'

Tom Woodcock, secretary of the Cambridge and District TUC, said: "We oppose unnecessary demolition and selling off any council homes.

"We demand extra government funds to bring all empty homes up to standard.

"The councils should identify public land to build new housing on. "

But Councillor Simon Edwards, responsible for housing in South Cambridgeshire, said: "Even if we were able to obtain the funding, we can't build houses overnight and we haven't got the land to build homes on.

"We're seeing a tremendous increase in homeless enquiries - in the last six months of 2008 an increase of 32%.

"We only have a finite number of affordable homes to offer and I only wish we would have more."

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