Bradford Council receives £20million boost for building new homes

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Housing Minister Kris Hopkins Housing Minister Kris Hopkins

Bradford Council has received almost £20 million as reward for its contribution to building new homes.

The cash is part of more than £2 billion dished out to Councils by the government as part of its New Homes Bonus initiative.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins, who is also MP for Keighley, today published details of the payments being made to England’s 353 councils in recognition of their contribution to building new homes.

Under the New Homes Bonus, councils have been rewarded for delivering 550,000 newly-built homes and conversions and bringing 93,000 empty homes back into use.

Of the 21 local authorities in Yorkshire and the Humber, only Leeds received a larger slice of the region’s £172 million than Bradford. Bradford got £19,866,652.

Mr Hopkins said: “Top-down regional strategies and eco-towns failed hardworking families who aspired to own their own home, and built nothing but resentment.

“In stark contrast, councils have received more than £2 billion for their part in getting Britain building, and leading to housing construction reaching its highest levels for seven years.

“And they 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.”

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5:17pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Albion. says...

It'll be like letting a kid loose in a sweet factory.
It'll be like letting a kid loose in a sweet factory. Albion.

5:18pm Mon 16 Dec 13

yezboss says...

Be able to pay Councillors now. Still get rid of staff and cut services though.
Be able to pay Councillors now. Still get rid of staff and cut services though. yezboss

6:13pm Mon 16 Dec 13

angry bradfordian says...

yezboss wrote:
Be able to pay Councillors now. Still get rid of staff and cut services though.
Whenever Cllr Green and co have to explain bad news they always blame it on the 'cuts' and conveniently forget that they've been given alternative streams of funding they didn't used to get (I see Mr Rentaquote is absent from commenting on a good news story)

I hope there's going to be a transparent explanation of where the money is going to be spent and is going to be used for something related to the extra houses, such as additional leisure facilities or transport improvements.
[quote][p][bold]yezboss[/bold] wrote: Be able to pay Councillors now. Still get rid of staff and cut services though.[/p][/quote]Whenever Cllr Green and co have to explain bad news they always blame it on the 'cuts' and conveniently forget that they've been given alternative streams of funding they didn't used to get (I see Mr Rentaquote is absent from commenting on a good news story) I hope there's going to be a transparent explanation of where the money is going to be spent and is going to be used for something related to the extra houses, such as additional leisure facilities or transport improvements. angry bradfordian

9:35am Tue 17 Dec 13

alive and awake says...

Thanks Cameron, but can this Council be trusted to deal with it wisely?
Thanks Cameron, but can this Council be trusted to deal with it wisely? alive and awake

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