Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has published the government's five-year housing plan. Here are the key points.
Labour says it wants to help more onto the housing ladder
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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