There are currently more than 200,000 empty homes across the UK, around two thirds of the Government’s housebuilding target of 300,000 per year. Many of these could be used to provide a good quality home to someone that needs it.
Action should be taken to help bring these homes into use. Local communities, working in partnership with local authorities and with the support of national government, should be at the heart of this work.
To achieve this, I am calling on you to support Nationwide Building Society’s proposals to bring empty homes back into use:
- Restart the Empty Homes Community Grants Programme, which was in place until 2015 and funded community groups to bring empty homes into use.
- Ensure local authorities have the ability to work with owners to bring properties into use.
- Review the tax system, including council tax and stamp duty to see how it can encourage homes to be brought back into use.
Everyone should have a good quality home that they can call their own. Making an empty home, someone’s home can help achieve this goal