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Home-start volunteers protest in Lincoln

Home-Start volunteers are protesting in Lincoln today against funding cuts being made by Lincolnshire County Council.

Lincolnshire County Council is withdrawing funding for the service which provides support for families facing difficulties. It could see 560 vulnerable families lose support and the role of 500 volunteers put at risk.


Cameron in Help to Buy Cannock visit

The Prime Minister visited Cannock this morning to see new homes built under the Government's Help To Buy Scheme.

Mr Cameron met families who have benefitted from the scheme, before touring a new housing development where homes have been built on the site of a former factory and warehouse off Watling Street.

David Cameron visited Cannock this morning Credit: ITV News Central

The Help to Buy scheme has enabled 8,266 people in the West Midlands buy a new home since it was created, new figures have revealed today.

It was created in 2013 "to support hard-working taxpayers" who could pay a mortgage, but couldn't afford the high deposits demanded by lenders in the wake of the financial crisis.

Thanks to Help to Buy, this government has helped thousands of hardworking people that otherwise would have been locked out of home ownership get the keys to their own home and enjoy the security that comes with it.

This is all part of our long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain – and, together with cutting income tax, lowering council tax bills and freezing fuel duty, the government is backing those who work hard and get on find the financial security they deserve.

– David Cameron, Prime minister

Green light for 1,500 new homes in Market Harborough

Councillors have given the green light for more than 1,500 homes to be built just outside Market Harborough in Leicestershire.

More than 900 new homes will be built just outside Market Harborough Credit: ITV News Central

The leader of Harborough District Council told ITV News Central the development would bring huge economic benefits.

The development has been met with opposition from some locals Credit: ITV News Central

But campaigners say the town wouldn't be able to cope with the increase in the number of new residents.

Another 700 new homes to be built in Coventry

Builders working on a housing development. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

More than 700 homes have been earmarked for development on the former Courtaulds site off Foleshill Road in Coventry.

Developers, Persimmon Homes South Midlands, are investing £65 million on the project.

Phase one will see 113 properties built, after Persimmon was granted planning permission earlier this month.

Plans for Paragon Park in Coventry Credit: Persimmon Homes South Midlands

“This is an area which has become derelict and needs investment.

We are building more than 1,100 new homes across four sites in Coventry all together, which proves our long-term commitment to the city.”

– Andy Peters, Managing Director for Persimmon Homes South Midlands

Home evictions and repossessions warning for Midlands

104 households per day facing losing their home across the Midlands Credit: PA

The number of households across the Midlands at risk of losing their home every day has reached 104, the homelessness charity Shelter has said.

In the West Midlands 61 households a day are at risk of eviction or repossession. That compares to 43 households per day in the East Midlands.

The research, based on data recorded by the Ministry of Justice, also identified the latest hotspots across the Midlands where people are most likely to lose their home.

Wolverhampton and Sandwell topped the list in the West Midlands, with Nottingham and Corby the most common places in the East Midlands for households to struggle with rent arrears.

Since 2011, Shelter has seen the number of callers across the country struggling with rent arrears more than double, while those calling about mortgage arrears rose by nearly a fifth.


Nottingham gives green light to new homes

New homes and shops are to be build at Robin Hood Chase in St Ann's, after Nottingham City Council granted planning permission.

Developers, Wilmott Dixon, have been granted permission to build 45 apartments, three retail units - including a new supermarket - and a public square.

Councillor Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said:

I visited Robin Hood Chase in December to see first hand the demolition work that is already underway...

... I am pleased that the redevelopment of this site can start to progress now that planning permission has been granted, and look forward to seeing the redevelopment work taking shape to bring this site back into full use.

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