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Nine times more local authorities in the south are eligible for share of £500m Treasury fund

Just 15% of local authorities in the north of England have been given access to new government funding to build council homes, compared with 88% of those in the south, excluding London.

The government announced on Tuesday which councils would be eligible to apply for a share of the £1.67bn in additional money for housing that was unveiled in last year’s autumn budget.

As part of the scheme, London - where housing policy is a devolved matter - will automatically be awarded £1.67bn to build new council houses. A further £1.67bn will be available for certain other locals authorities to bid for, including 91 out of 104 council areas in the south and only 11 out of 72 councils in the north of England.

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The Guardian

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