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Exciting’ scheme to tackle unemployment and housing shortage

September 16th, 2010

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A project has been launched in Oxfordshire to give unemployed young people building qualifications and somewhere to live.

According to the Oxford Mail, 20 individuals aged between 18 and 25 will help to build houses in Ruscote, Banbury, in which half of them will live as tenants when the properties are completed.

The scheme, which has been set up by Cherwell District Council, Southwark Habitat for Humanity and Sanctuary Housing, will involve the construction of ten one-bedroom homes on a former allotment site and earn the trainee builders qualifications.

Colin Clarke, district councillor and mayor of Banbury, commented: “I find it exciting that 20 young people will be learning skills and that ten will then get to rent the properties at the end of it.”

The lack of affordable homes in the UK was recently remarked upon by Duncan Shrubsole, director of policy and external affairs at charity Crisis, who said the government needs to build more houses to protect the vulnerable from homelessness.

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