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Demand for Govt action in regional housing hotspots

The TUC is urging the Government to extend its efforts beyond London and the South-east to help key public-sector workers get on the housing ladder.

The unions passed a motion at their annual conference demanding that the Government recognise there are housing hotspots in other parts of the UK and calling on it to take efforts to help key public sector workers in those areas.

In July, the Government announced it was spending £250m to build large tracts of new homes in the South-east and in direct subsidies to key public sector workers such as nurses, firemen and teachers to help them buy a house.

The TUC says it is essential for the Government to act now to prevent the disintegration of public services as a result of the “astronomical house prices” in areas of the country other than the South-east.

A spokesman says: “With the jump in public sector employment following new investment from the Government, house prices threaten to overrule the drive for better public sectors.”

A spokeswoman for Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott says: “We are aware that there are housing hotspots outside London and the South-east and are committed to helping public-sector employees working in those areas.”

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