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Is the 'Help to Buy' scheme working in the East?

In the latest in our reports on housing in the East, we look at the Government's 'Help to Buy' scheme.

It was launched by the Prime Minister in our region and it seems we've embraced the scheme more enthusiastically than anywhere else in Britain.

Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Peterborough have been among the biggest users of Help to Buy - which enables people to buy a home with a 5% deposit.

But critics of the scheme say that, by backing up people's mortgages, the government is encouraging us to get into debt - and will push up house prices.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper

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Coventry City end Northampton groundshare and return to the Ricoh Arena

Coventry City are returning to the Ricoh Arena.
Coventry City are returning to the Ricoh Arena. Credit: PA

Coventry City have confirmed that a deal has been reached for the club to return to the Ricoh Arena.

The Sky Blues have been playing their home games at Northampton Town's Sixfields stadium for the past year.

The League One side have agreed an initial two-year deal, with the option of a further two years to return to the 32,000 seater venue.

They will play their first game back in the stadium against Gillingham on 6 September.

"We are delighted to get this deal done and I am sure every supporter of Coventry City will be thrilled with this news.

We are under no illusion what a difficult 12 months it has been for the supporters and that was uppermost in our thinking as we worked to get this deal done.

There has had to be compromise on both sides and the commercial details of the deal will remain confidential.

The support and guidance from the Football League, and especially from Chief Executive Shaun Harvey, throughout our discussions was a key factor in achieving the aim of reaching this agreement and getting the football club back to Coventry."

– Steve Waggott, Development Director, Coventry City

Coventry City set to end Northampton Town groundshare and return to the Ricoh Arena

Coventry City look set to return to the Ricoh Arena.
Coventry City look set to return to the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry City could be about to return to the Ricoh Arena, according to reports.

The League One club have been playing their football at Northampton Town's Sixfields stadium for over a year.

Northampton is over 30 miles away from Coventry, and the Ricoh Arena's capacity is significantly more than Sixfields at over 30,000.

It's expected that a statement will be released later today confirming that an agreement has been reached for the Sky Blues to head home.

Secret talks have been held between lawyers acting on behalf of Sisu, the club's owners, and ACL, who manage the Ricoh Arena.

Northampton Town could also be due a compensation payment as part of the conditions drawn up when the two clubs signed a groundshare deal.

Sources suggest that Coventry City could return to their home ground as early as September.

Read more: Coventry City play their 'home' games in Northampton

Building our way out of the Housing Shortage?

In the latest in our 'Home Truths' investigation series, we continue our look at housing in the East - the conflict between the need for more homes, and the desire to protect the environment.

The government's laid out plans to build up to three new garden cities to deal with the chronic housing shortage in the South East, calling for local councils to volunteer for development.

Click below to watch a report for the West of the region

Click below to watch a report for the East of the region

Read more: New towns coming to a village near you?

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