Ministers today (24 July, 2013) announced a multi-million pound boost to build thousands of new affordable homes across the country.
Sixty-nine different housing associations and developers will each receive a share of £220 million to deliver almost 14,000 new affordable homes outside London. Work on the new properties will be started by March 2015 and completed by 2017.
The move is part of wider government efforts to get Britain building, which will lead to the fastest annual rate of affordable house building for 2 decades.
‘Hitting the ground running’
Today’s funding is part of the expanded £450 million Affordable Housing Guarantees which will support up to £3.5 billion in government debt guarantees to deliver thousands of new homes.
Of the almost 14,000 homes this money will help deliver, the majority will be available at an affordable rent with 2,000 of those available to buy through shared ownership.
Housing associations and developers who plan to use the guarantee scheme will now work with the Affordable Housing Finance to finalise the details of the loan funding that will work alongside today’s grant allocations.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said:
I am delighted that we are delivering yet another big step in the coalition government’s drive for the fastest rate of affordable housing we’ve seen for 20 years
It is vital that we build more affordable homes in Britain. The Affordable Housing Guarantees will help to increase supply, making sure good quality housing is available to hard working families across the country.
Housing Minister Mark Prisk said:
I am pleased to announce the first wave of allocations through this programme with £220 million government funding to help deliver almost 14,000 new homes.
Today’s funding allocations will enable organisations across the country to hit the ground running, and play their vital role in getting Britain building and delivering the homes and jobs this country needs.
These Affordable Housing Guarantees are part of a wide range of measures the government has put in place to get Britain building. It also includes:
- £19.5 billion public and private investment in an affordable homes programme well on track to deliver 170,000 new homes by 2015
- £3.3 billion announced at the Spending Review to support the delivery of 165,000 new affordable homes from 2015 – leading to the fastest annual rate of affordable house building for 2 decades
- £474 million to help unlock stalled, locally-supported large-scale sites – so far, the programme has helped get work restarted on nearly 50,000 new homes
- £1 billion in the Build to Rent fund, to help build homes specifically for private rent
Notes to editors
- The list of registered providers which have been allocated grant funding through the Affordable Homes Guarantees programme is published on the Homes and Communities Agency website.
- A share of the £450 million is for the Greater London Authority to help deliver new affordable homes in London. The Greater London Authority has made an announcement on this programme.