2 Feb

Housing minister promises to boost housing

Housing minister promises to boost housing

The housing minister Grant Shapps has said that housing is one of the key ways Britain can recover its economy, and has promised that new houses will be built in order to help boost the property market.

He said that he had already identified sites for 80,000 new homes, which will help first-time buyers onto the property ladder, as well as reducing the number of people waiting on the social housing list.

Mr Shapps also noted that this means the government is on target to meet its aim of building 100,000 new homes by 2015.

"I am working across Whitehall to ensure we release enough public land for 100,000 new homes by 2015. But I'm looking beyond Westminster and want to see organisations like the BBC, Royal Mail and Network Rail also follow our lead," he added.

The House Builders Federation has welcomed this news from the minister, and its head of communications Steve Turner said that finding suitable land was the second biggest obstacle to growth of the property market, just behind mortgage availability, so the government is moving in the right direction.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801282678-ADNFCR

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