SUNDERLAND is to receive more than £2million Government cash as a reward for building new homes.
Housing Minister Kris Hopkins announced the boost yesterday as part of the New Homes Bonus scheme – an incentive for communities and councils to allow new development in their area. Councils are free to use the funding as they see fit – from providing new facilities, to protecting frontline services.
Sunderland City Council, which is facing cuts of £35million over the next year is to receive £2.22million.
Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said: “Getting Britain building in this way is critical to our long-term economic plan, not only building the homes communities need, but creating thousands of new jobs and apprenticeships across the country.
“We will continue to pay the bonus in the future to ensure that places that have built houses are properly rewarded for doing so.”