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RURAL HOUSING PROGRAMME NEEDS TO GROW

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A massive expansion in the rural housing enabler programme is needed to cope with rising costs of homes in the coun...
A massive expansion in the rural housing enabler programme is needed to cope with rising costs of homes in the countryside.

That is the message from a Joseph Rowntree Foundation report, which finds that increasing numbers of people are being priced out of rural housing markets.

The Housing Corporation and Countryside Agency have funded the enablers to work with councils, landowners and housing associations to put together deals to provide rural affordable homes.

There are a few dozen enablers, but the report says a further 100 are needed, who should be funded through central government grants and the proceeds of increased council tax on second homes.

It also calls for a doubling of the corporation's rural programme, which would add almost 5,000 homes a year in villages.
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