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Labour Delivers a Way Forward for the Byker Wall

The Minister for Housing, John Healey MP today joined Newcastle East MP Nick Brown and Byker Councillors Nick Kemp, Geordie Allison and Veronica Dunn along with local residents to announce a proposal for a community housing trust. This will offer local people a leading and decision making role in the regeneration of the famous estate [...]

Housing Minister Takes Tour of the Byker Wall

Housing Minister John Healey visited Newcastle today and joined Nick Brown on a tour of the Byker Wall. Newcastle City Council had a bid rejected for PFI cash to upgrade the area in July, with the Housing Department saying at the time that the bid had failed to meet “any of the required criteria”. Mr [...]

Nick Brown Criticises Council’s Failure to Bid for Government Housing Funding

Over 2000 new council houses will be built in every region of the country following a £127m Government cash boost announced today. But Nick Brown has criticised Newcastle City Council for failing to even put in a bid for a share of the money. 47 councils across the country were told today that they would [...]

Nick Promises to Find Way Forward for Byker Wall

Nick Brown has promised to find a way forward for refurbishments to the Byker Wall after Newcastle City Council’s bid for PFI funding was rejected. The Council had applied for PFI cash from the Homes and Community Agency to help fund a £210m revamp of the Byker Wall. But a letter from Housing Minister John [...]

Real Help Now to Support Families Staying in their Homes

Nick Brown MP has welcomed the Housing Minister Margaret Beckett’s announcement of Homeowners’ Mortgage Support that from today will provide new support for households across the UK to help them stay in their homes if they suffer a temporary drop in their income. Homeowners Mortgage Support will from today allow borrowers to reduce their monthly [...]

Launch of the Homes and Communities Agency in the North East

Nick gave this speech at an event today to mark the launch to the Homes and Communities Agency in the North East: The Agency have got off to a great start with this launch coming 4 months ahead of schedule. This is what we are trying to do: • create opportunity for people to live [...]

Government Money to Cut Council House Rent Increases in Half

Nick Brown MP today welcomed Housing Minister Margaret Beckett’s announcement that the Government will step in to halve council housing rent increases for this April. The government’s intervention means that Council house residents across the North East will not have to pay above inflation rent increases, as long as councils bid for the money and [...]