NEW HOMES BONUS PAYOUTS SHOW MERSEYSIDE IS BUILDING February 4th, 2014 admin Latest News Shares Comments NEW HOMES BONUS PAYOUTS SHOW MERSEYSIDE IS BUILDING Communities in Merseyside will benefit from an extra £12.8 million during 2014/15 after thousands of new homes were created in the county, Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has confirmed. The Minister published final allocations for this year’s New Homes Bonus payments, totalling over £900 million, which will be shared among England’s 353 councils. The announcement means that since the New Homes Bonus began in 2011, councils will have received funding for delivering 550,000 newly-built homes and conversions, including over 160,000 affordable homes, and for bringing 93,000 empty homes back into use. These final allocations bring the total given to councils since the scheme’s launch to over £2 billion. The New Homes Bonus was launched in 2011 and matches the additional council tax raised for new homes and empty homes brought back into use. Councils are then free to use that funding as they see fit to benefit their local area – from providing new facilities to protecting frontline services or simply freezing council tax. New figures from the National House Building Council show a 28 per cent increase in housing supply in 2013 compared to the previous year, while housebuilding is at its highest level since 2007 Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said: “The New Homes Bonus lets local people share in the benefits of development, with councils free to spend the money to benefit their local area. “And getting Britain building in this way is critical to our long-term economic plan, not only building the homes communities need but creating thousands of new jobs and apprenticeships across the country. “We will continue to pay the bonus in the future to ensure that places that have built houses are properly rewarded for doing so.” Communities Minister Stephen Williams said: “I’m delighted to see the numbers of empty homes going down by 38,000 over the past year alone. Today’s New Homes Bonus payments are in recognition of council-led efforts to make this happen. “But I want councils to go even further, and use the range of powers we’ve put in their hands to end the blight of empty properties in our neighbourhoods and bring them back into productive use for the families who need the stability and security new home can provide.” The table below lists the figures for the North West: Local Council Total payment 2014/15 Cheshire East £5,275,116 Cheshire West and Chester £3,809,086 Halton £1,724,908 Warrington £3,878,344 Cheshire Total £14,687,454 Allerdale £791,455 Barrow-in-Furness £372,858 Carlisle £1,309,679 Copeland £471,888 Eden £597,288 South Lakeland £358,054 Cumbria County £975,305 Cumbria Total £4,876,526 Bolton £3,370,745 Bury £1,475,703 Manchester £8,963,195 Oldham £1,429,774 Rochdale £2,630,334 Salford £7,629,733 Stockport £1,846,902 Tameside £3,014,140 Trafford £1,770,920 Wigan £2,972,946 Greater Manchester Total £35,104,392 Blackburn with Darwen £897,060 Blackpool £1,420,720 Burnley £603,525 Chorley £2,629,818 Fylde £1,268,973 Hyndburn £346,775 Lancaster £1,027,888 Pendle £714,071 Preston £861,329 Ribble Valley £594,806 Rossendale £538,390 South Ribble £625,244 West Lancashire £1,049,493 Wyre £1,193,228 Lancashire County £2,863,385 Lancashire Total £16,634,707 Knowsley £1,305,499 Liverpool £5,394,454 Sefton £2,616,581 St Helens £1,722,881 Wirral £1,768,209 Merseyside Total £12,807,624 North West Total £84,110,704 Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!