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£1 house neighbourhood previously had drug problem

Michael Williams has lived in the area of Stoke-on-Trent where houses are being sold for £1 since 1988.

He says in recent years Cobridge gained a bad reputation for anti-social behaviour and drugs, but hopes the new council scheme to sell houses for £1 will give the area the boost it needs.

He hopes the new tenants will take pride in the community, and it will bring more investment to the area.

Residents confident £1 houses will improve the area

Tax worker Gavin Pierpoint has been successful in his application for a £1 house in the Cobridge area of Stoke-on-Trent.

Thirty-three houses owned by the council have been put up for sale for the tiny price to try and regenerate the area, where many of the terraced properties are boarded up and empty.

ITV News Central reporter Chris Halpin asked Gavin if he was concerned about living in what is now a run down part of the city.

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New tenants must help regenerate the community

Rachel Roberts says she's really looking forward to moving into her £1 house in Stoke-on-Trent.

The 31-year-old graphic designer got to see inside her new home on Rutland Road in the Cobridge area of the city for the first time today.

But she explained that part of the deal to get the house for just £1, is to have a proactive role in building the community spirit, as well as a new home for herself.

Couple stuck renting for 10 years bag a £1 home

A couple born and bred in Stoke-on-Trent are among those who have been told their bid to buy a £1 house in their home city has been successful.

Lawrence Poxton, aged 48, and his wife Teresa, 45, have lived in a private rented house for 10 years - but are now property owners thanks to the scheme.

Teresa and Lawrence Poxton have bagged their own home for just £1 Credit: ITV News Central

They say they want to invest for their future and help rebuild the community.

A total of 20 houses have been sold under the £1 scheme, with more up for grabs.

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See the houses going for just £1 in Stoke-on-Trent

People who have bagged a bargain new home for just £1 are today viewing their properties.

Twenty council houses in Stoke-on-Trent have been sold for £1 each, and another 13 are still for sale.

Rutland street in Cobridge where £1 houses are on offer Credit: ITV News Central

The scheme is designed to help regenerate rundown properties parts of Cobridge.

Buyers have to take on a £30,000 loan to improve the houses.

University graduate first to take advantage of £1 housing

A Staffordshire University graduate is the first person to have passed all the financial checks in order to buy a council house in Stoke for £1, as part of a new regeneration scheme.

Graphic designer Rachel Roberts, 31, spoke about the opportunity the scheme provides.

I still live with my parents so this is a fantastic opportunity to buy my own home. I am moving back to the street where my father and grandfather were born, and my great-aunt is still here.

I love the area. I love the city and I cannot imagine living anywhere else. I am really looking forward to helping rebuild and grow the community. It is our responsibility to get involved. There are real opportunities for business growth in the city. It is a city of opportunity. This is a really exciting time for the city.

Stoke council houses sell for £1 in regeneration scheme

Twenty council houses in Stoke-on-Trent have been sold for £1 each, and another 13 are still for sale. The scheme it to help regenerate rundown properties in the Portland Street area of Cobridge.

Houses are being sold for £1 in Stoke Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Buyers must commit themselves to taking on £30,000 loan to upgrade their new home. The council is commissioning the improvement works and ensuring a certain level of quality is maintained.

Rise in people needing help to pay rent

There has been a large rise in the number of people in Birmingham needing help to pay their rent Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

People in Birmingham are finding it harder to afford their rent following Government welfare reforms, according to Birmingham City Council.

There were almost 2,000 applications for help to pay for housing in the first two weeks of April - immediately after the Spare Room Subsidy or "Bedroom Tax" was introduced.

Discretionary Housing Payments were introduced in 2001 so local authorities could provide short-term payments to people facing problems with their housing costs. The Council says the system is struggling to cope.

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