Housing: Low Incomes

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the merits of using community land trusts to increase access to property ownership by lower-income householders.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

Community land trusts are an interesting and promising new option for delivering affordable housing and we are keen to explore whether they will allow for more households on lower incomes to access and sustain home ownership.

The Housing Corporation and English Partnerships are working with a number of potential Community land trust schemes with the aim of establishing some viable pilots. The Housing Corporation is currently appraising several specific schemes and expect some of those to be up and running later this year. These will help us to test different mechanisms and decide which approaches provide the greatest advantages for lower income households.

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