Prescott launches five-year plan

    The government has pledged to halve the number of people in
    temporary accommodation by 2010, John Prescott announced today,
    writes Mithran Samuel.

    The target was included in the Office of the Deputy Prime
    Minister’s five-year housing strategy published today

    It follows news last month that numbers in temporary
    accommodation have risen by 123% to over 100,000 since Labour came
    to power.

    Launching the plan, Prescott said: “Tackling the
    nation’s chronic housing needs and giving people more choice
    is not just about them gaining a roof over their head –
    it’s about giving people a stronger financial future and
    ensuring greater social justice.”

    The plan also pledges:-

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    • More than £5 billion housing-related support to
    help more than 1.2 million people, many of them older and disabled,
    to live independently in their own homes.

    • Effective provision for Gypsies and Travellers, while
    tackling unauthorised development.

    • 10,000 extra social homes a year by 2008 – a rise of
    50 per cent

    • A decent home for all social tenants and seven out of 10
    vulnerable people in the private sector

    There will also be changes to the planning system to ensure more
    affordable housing for key workers and young families in rural

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