Kemptown MP welcomes government ‘Empty Homes’ funding

Besi Besemar July 3, 2013

Simon Kirby, MP
Simon Kirby, MP

As part of its comprehensive housing strategy the Government is investing £235million to bring empty homes back into use and help meet demand across the country.

Last month details of the latest round of funding were announced, which will see £61millon going to successful bidders and bring around 3,200 properties back into use as affordable accommodation.

Local MP, Simon Kirby has welcomed the Government’s latest efforts to help thousands of people buy their own home.

Simon’s constituency of Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven could benefit from over £1.66 million in funding which has been allocated to Brighton and Hove City Council, Phase Social Enterprise and Sussex Central YMCA.

Simon said:

“Making the most of our existing housing stock is vital if we are to meet the housing challenge we face in this country. I am pleased that the Government has acknowledged the problem of empty homes and cut their number by 40,000 since 2010.

The latest round of investment brings total funding for the Empty Homes programme to £235million. I am delighted that this money will benefit organisations in my constituency and support the aspirations of people in Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven who want to buy their own home.”