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So Much For The “Self Build Revolution”
29/06/2013, 8:09 pm
Filed under: Green Build

While serving in opposition, the shadow Housing minister, Grant Shapps, promised backing for people who built their own homes to kick-start a house building “revolution” in the UK.

Two years later in Government, he launched an action plan to double the number of self-build homes within a decade.

But recently when asked how they were doing; senior officials in the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) attempted to prevent the release of statistics showing how many self-build homes had been started. What are they trying to hide?

Bizarrely, they tried to claim that they could not provide the information because to do so would “prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs”.

The Informationok Commissioner roundly rejected the argument put forward by officials and demanded that the information be released.

In a short table released showed that the number of people who begin self-build homes had fallen since the depths of the recession in 2009 under Labour from 11,800 to 10,400 in 2011.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tories-tried-to-cover-up-failings-of-selfbuild-revolution-8679228.html


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