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Liberal Democrats launch manifesto housing pledge

April 19, 2010 1:00 PM

The Liberal Democrats have set out plans to bring a quarter of a million empty homes back into use, making homes available for people who need them and creating 65,000 jobs.

There are over 3,600 empty homes in Preston which are no longer used as homes, but can be brought back into use with some investment. People who own these homes will get a grant (for social housing) or a cheap loan (for private use) to renovate them so they can be used.

Preston's LibDem Shadow MP said, "Allowing thousands of houses to sit empty when millions of families have been waiting years for a home is nothing short of a scandal.

"These plans are a clear example of where Liberal Democrats priorities lie: creating jobs and providing more family homes.

"The cost of bringing these homes back into use is a fraction of the cost of build yet the government is sitting idly by while they fall into disrepair.

"This is one element of our economic stimulus package that will generate jobs and help Britain on its way to building a fair, sustainable economy."