Councils offered homes bonuses

Published:  10 August, 2010

LONDON: Councils in England are to be offered extra money for every newly-built home, as part of a government programme aimed at easing housing shortages.

Under the New Homes Bonus scheme the Government will match the council tax raised on each new house for six years.

With 4.5m people now on council house waiting lists the new drive has been designed to help lower these lists and provide modern, efficient housing for their new residents.

Brendon Kenny of materials reuse platform BuilderScrap commented: "This bold new initiative could help millions of people off waiting lists and into affordable housing. What the government needs to ensure is that construction site waste is minimised and that any reusable materials are put back into the community by posting them onto BuilderScrap.

"Statistics show that 14% – equivalent to around 16.8m tonnes a year of all new construction materials are wasted and simply thrown away," said Mr Kenny.

"Given the size of this new initiative, many other community building projects could benefit hugely if a properly managed, materials reuse policy using BuilderScrap is deployed by the construction companies."

Adam Challis, head of research at Hamptons International, commented: “Hamptons International welcomes Government proposals that will incentivise Local Authorities to build new houses.

“The cost of providing services to new households can be a deterrent to cash-strapped Local Authorities. These proposals begin to re-align this cost burden with the benefits of new housing supply for the rest of society. The current level of housebuilding is woefully inadequate to meet the demand. Many areas of the country, notably in the South, are simply storing up affordability problems for the future.”

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