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MINISTER BACKS HOUSEBOAT SOLUTION

Wednesday August 31st, 2011
MINISTER BACKS HOUSEBOAT SOLUTION

Housing minister Grant Shapps is urging councils to increase moorings as a means of tackling the housing crisis. Mr Shapps claims that an increased availability of ‘unconventional housing’ would allow people to live in areas where they couldn’t afford to do otherwise. He has also revealed that new residential moorings could be eligible for the New Homes Bonus, meaning the government would match council tax from new-built homes.

The MP said, 'Around 15,000 people live on our waterways and many more would like to do so... The government's commitment to localism could be an opportunity for living on boats to be given a new lease of life.'

Sally Ash, head of boating at British Waterways, told the press, 'The number of people visiting and enjoying our canals and rivers has grown in recent years and this waterways renaissance has triggered strong demand from people wanting to live afloat.'
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