Housing minister also gives green light to biggest council housing programme for two decades

Housing minster, John Healey, has released details of £250m to build 3,400 homes and create around 5,000 jobs.

The bulk of the money comes from the National Affordable Housing Programme budget, but has been boosted by extra money as part of the housing pledge announced in June.

The money will be shared between 43 housing associations and other bodies across 97 local authority areas throughout the country.

Yesterday, Healey gave the green light to the biggest programme to build new council homes for two decades. The two announcements add up to £500m-worth of money for public housing towards 5,400 affordable homes and creating 10,000 jobs.

Healey said the money would “build the homes people need and create the jobs that keep people in work.”  

The government has already invested £600m between April and July this year to help deliver 18,000 new homes through the HCA’s NAHP.