Biggest council house programme is under way

Published:  06 January, 2010

TYNESIDE: Housing Minister John Healey has hailed the start of the largest council housebuilding programme in nearly two decades as work began yesterday on the first of 2000 new homes to help tackle house waiting list pressure.

Mr Healey saw work start in Tyneside on the first site for government-funded council housing in the country. More sites across the country will follow in the coming weeks as the £141m council housing drive, which is set to create over five thousand construction jobs, gets underway.

This is part of an extra £1.5bn announced in June to build an additional 20 000 'affordable' homes.

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