BIRMINGHAM IS FRONT RUNNER IN BID TO BUILD NEW HOMES.
Inside housing today carried the story that Cllr John Lines’ housing department will bid for the entire £100 Million pot made available by the Government in last weeks budget.
Calling the amount “pathetic” John Lines stated that “The Government should be ashamed of themselves” and added “we’ll go for the lot”
We agree with Cllr Lines the money will not meet the desire for Council’s to build and would emphasise there is no guarantee that Birmingham will get any money the £100M is a national allocation. Cornwall Council, for example are looking to fund a £120M project for 1000 new homes, and Broxtowe Council will bid for £1m.
We have often been at odds with John Lines and now find ourselves congratulating him on the services given to 7 of our homeless people (Friday 24th April) in Finding accommodation in a few hours and agreeing with him against the Government.
Well done Cllr Lines, our only other suggestion would be that you could still sell some of the land you have vacant to Housing Associations who have their own money and grants to build homes too.
Cllr Lines has obviously listened to the arguments for more housing and taken then on board, for that we applaud him. Finally the situation looks set to start improving. The Government should now take note and afford more assistance to Local authorities to build the homes that are desperately needed.
Our readers we feel sure will keep watch and judge on results.