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GOVT NOT FUNDING ITS OWN MINIMUM SOCIAL HOUSING TARGET

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New figures from the National Federation of Housing Associations challenge the government's estimate of how many ne...
New figures from the National Federation of Housing Associations challenge the government's estimate of how many new social homes can be provided with present levels of public funding.

The federation says the government's social housing programme will only fund 55,600 new social homes in 1997/98, compared to a commitment given by environment minister David Curry in May to fund social housing at the lower end of the government's estimate of need - 60,000 to 100,000 homes a year.

NFHA chief executive Jim Coulter said the government, to meet its own minimum targets, should increase next year's planned funding for housing associations to around £200m in this autumn's budget.
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