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Empty Homes Not Being Filled

weymouth and portland

9:58am 28th September 2012

Weymouth and Portland are falling behind when it comes to filling empty homes.

Compared to the rest of the region, the area has managed to move people into 65 disused properties, but other nearby towns have achieved more than double that figure.

Called the New Home Bonus scheme, it's designed to help tackle the housing shortage.

The more empty houses that are bought back by the local council and re-occupied, the more funding they receive.

Communities Minister Don Foster said: "I'm delighted to have such a positive start and encourage all councils to work hard in transforming empty properties, which drag down neighbourhoods, and instead turn them into homes fit for families."

The UK total has bought nearly 38,000 empty homes back to life over the last two years and raked in over £63million extra funding.

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