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Dorset's Reward for Building New Homes

Housing

9:41am 17th December 2013
(Updated 3:31pm 17th December 2013)

Dorset's got  £1.2M coming its way as a bonus from the Government for building new homes.

Under the scheme councils are also rewarded for bringing empty properties back into use.

West Dorset's set to receive a provisional payment of £1.4M for 2014 to 15 and Weymouth and Portland will get over £800,000.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said:

"[Councils are] free to spend the money any way they like to benefit their local communities - whether that's supporting frontline services, providing new facilities or freezing council tax."

Communities Minister Stephen Williams also welcomed the number of empty homes being brought back into productive use. He said:

"The Government is doing everything possible to tackle the problem of empty homes and urban blight, and the new homes bonus is a shot in the arm for councils tackling the problem of abandoned homes and urban blight locally.  

"The number of long term empty homes has already fallen by 93,000 and we are now going further, giving councils the incentive to bring people, shops and jobs back to once abandoned areas, and to provide extra affordable homes we so badly need."

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