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Barking and Dagenham receives £25m to build new council homes

PUBLISHED: 13:50 26 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:13 26 October 2018

Councillor Cameron Geddes is the council's cabinet member for social housing and regeneration. Picture: LBBD

Councillor Cameron Geddes is the council's cabinet member for social housing and regeneration. Picture: LBBD

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More council homes will be built in Barking and Dagenham thanks to a £25million grant from the Mayor of London.

Sadiq Khan has given the town hall £25,338,000 to tackle the shortage of council homes in the borough.

Since Right to Buy was introduced in the 1980s, Barking and Dagenham has lost 48,500 council homes..

Councillor Cameron Geddes, cabinet member for social housing and regeneration, said: “We welcome any additional funding for new council homes and hope it will help address the huge demand for housing across the borough.

“We have a number of new developments planned over the next few years and hope to help our residents who struggle with soaring private rents and insecure tenancies.”

Last week, Councillor Darren Rodwell, leader of the council, said he was determined to use new powers granted to local authorities which allows them to borrow more money to build their own homes.

A total of 26 out of the 32 boroughs in the city have been giving a grant from a £1billion pot.

Building work on the new homes will begin next year.

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