HCA announces new round of funding for NW council homes

Michael Hunt

The Homes and Communities Agency has confirmed five councils in the North West will have access to over £16m of funding under round two of its local authority new build programme.

The councils sharing £16,627,451 from round two of funding includes:

  • Manchester City Council
  • Bolton Council
  • Oldham Council
  • Wigan Council
  • Wirral Council

In rounds one and two, a total of 502 council properties are to be built in the region under the HCA programme, which is pledging a total of £33.5m of funding to the areas involved.

Housing Minister John Healey announced today that 73 councils covering every region of England will share a further £122.6m. Councils will match this second round Government grant bringing investment in this round to £246m, and total public investment in the programme as a whole to over £500m to build more than 4,000 new council homes for 8,000 people.

Minister Healey also said that councils receiving the Government funding must also offer apprenticeship and local job recruitment schemes to help create 7,500 jobs and around 100 new apprenticeship places.

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