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Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government is taking to promote innovation in the housing sector.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister for Housing

The Government is undertaking a range of work to encourage innovation in the housing sector. In particular, we are working to expand the private rented sector through our £1 billion Build to Rent fund which aims to attract new institutional investment to provide new build homes for private rent. We introduced an affordable rent model that is delivering more affordable housing at a lower cost to the taxpayer; the new affordable homes programme announced at the spending round will further drive up efficiency and value for money from this very large Government investment in new affordable homes. The Government is also offering two innovative Housing Guarantee schemes to enable the building of more homes in the affordable and private rented sectors without increasing public debt. The Government has also been promoting self build to encourage its expansion and the diversification of the house building sector. The range of the Government's housing policies and programmes can be found on the DCLG website at


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