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Housing minister in affordable homes pledge

More affordable homes are needed across the UK housing minister John Healey has said.

Mr Healey said Labour was committed to investing in building projects of this kind and said that affordable homes would form “a big part ” of his party’s election campaign.

The Government has promised to spend £141 million on council housing in order to tackle waiting list pressures.

When match-funded by councils, the programme is expected to see over 2,000 homes built across 49 councils.

The first site to begin construction is on Brancepeth Road in Hebburn, South Tyneside, where 15 bungalows will be built by August 2010.

Mr Healey said: “I think we will see housing as a big part of the election campaign this year.

“We have a need for more homes right across the country and there’s a big choice between a government like ours and a party, the Labour party, that’s committed to the extra investment, to see the affordable homes that we need built and a Conservative government that wants to close down planning applications, wants to take money out of these sorts of homes.

“When so many families, and so many elderly people need homes like this then it is part of our job as government to do this.”