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SOCIAL BALANCE IS A MUST FOR FUTURE OF COMMUNITIES

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Shelter director Chris Holmes writes in The Guardian's Society section (p6) on the need to build the social balance...
Shelter director Chris Holmes writes in The Guardian's Society section (p6) on the need to build the social balance back into communities.

He writes: 'New housing development is being driven almost wholly by market forces. In rural areas, young people are unable to obtain homes in the communities where they have grown up, because homes are being bought as second homes and by more affluent newcomers in search of 'village life'.

'Meanwhile, low-income households are increasingly concentrated in council estates, too many of which have a serious backlog of disrepair.'

Mr Holmes argues that to offset this social polarisation, a major increase in funds for investment is needed by local councils and housing associations.
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