Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin backs housebuilding bill

Dudley MP Ian Austin is backing a new Bill to help people build their own homes.

Dudley MP Ian Austin is backing a new Bill that will make it easier for individuals and community groups to build new homes.

Recent figures show that almost 80 per cent of homes in the West Midlands are now unaffordable for first time buyers. In Germany, France and Ireland self-built homes account for 50 per cent of all housing, but here in Britain that figure just 10 per cent.

Austin has now joined with MPs from all main parties to call for measures that will make it easier for local people to acquire land and build their own homes.

Austin has been calling for the Government to set a target of building 200,000 homes a year by 2020 and is keen that self-builders are able to contribute to that total.

Ian Austin said:

“We all want to own our own home, but with eight in ten homes now unaffordable for first time buyers hard-working families in the Black Country can afford to achieve their dream.

“I helped get funds for new homes that have been built on Priory Road, the Wrens Nest and in Gornal, but that’s still not enough for huge demand. The government needs to do everything it can to get more houses built.

“The government should back self-build as part of an ambitious commitment to building 200,000 new homes.”

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