Community Housing Fund

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Green

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will extend the Community Housing Fund beyond 31 March 2020 to enable community groups to progress and complete their current pipeline of projects.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Community Housing Fund is currently scheduled to close in March 2020, at the end of the current Spending Review period. While the Homes England programme to deliver the Fund outside London was launched relatively recently, I hope that there is still sufficient time for community-led schemes to access funding and deliver housing, although I appreciate that this will be more difficult for very new schemes. All proposals to extend the scheme beyond March 2020 will be given due consideration. Factors that will need to be taken into account in considering any extension are likely to include the value for money being achieved by the Fund and the extent to which it has been successful in increasing the number of community-led housing schemes either completed or in progress.

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