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New Government figures released today show empty homes numbers rise for third consecutive year – up another 10,000 to 226,000

New Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government data[i] released today shows 226,000 long-term empty homes, with a year on year rise of 10,000.

This is the third consecutive year in which figures have risen and the second year in a row to see a 10,000 home rise in numbers of wasted long-term empty homes.

Guardian, ITV news and Metro report launch of Empty Homes in England 2019

The Guardian, The Metro and ITV News have covered the launch of Empty Homes in England 2019.

Action on Empty Homes Director and Campaigns Manager Chris Bailey were also interviewed on BBC Radio Cumbria and BBC Radio Humberside this morning.

You can read this morning's coverage here:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/sep/23/empty-homes-in-england-up-by-11000-last-year-study-shows

Jeremy Corbyn calls for second homes levy as tens of thousands of properties sit empty in crisis-hit London

The Hackney Gazette reports:

London may be in the grip of a housing crisis, but it has more than 67,000 homes with no permanent residents, according to government figures.

Last year in the capital there were 22,481 long-term empty homes - long-term being more than six months - and 44,641 second homes.

At the same time, rough sleeping figures are at a record high and London councils have more than 56,000 families and 88,000 children living in largely unsuitable temporary accommodation.

Please fill in our short survey to help us build a national picture of community action on empty homes

Brighid Carey, Action on Empty Homes writes:

Action on Empty Homes is developing a Community Action Toolkit for local authorities, community groups and other partnerships to use as a resource to help bring empty homes into use as affordable housing for local people. We expect the Toolkit to be available for free download from our website in early 2021. As we start this work, we’d like to gain a snapshot of the extent to which local authorities are currently collaborating with communities to bring empty homes into use.

Empty Homes events in Birmingham and York plus local elections

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In this edition of Action on Empty Homes news, we have some key diary dates for the week beginning 29th April with a new publication launch, an international seminar and upcoming local elections, all raising the profile of the empty homes issue in England.

As always, we welcome your feedback on all stories in this newsletter

e-bulletin 10 highlights our upcoming May 2nd York event and Report launch, Amsterdam’s buy-to-let ban and a proposal for London

In this edition, we report on our upcoming event ‘Community Action on Empty Homes’ in York, a policy proposal to tackle empty homes in London, and news from Amsterdam about ‘buy to let’.

We welcome your feedback on all stories in this newsletter.

Join us in York on May 2nd for our Community Action on Empty Homes event and report launch. You can find details here 

EVENT: Community action on empty homes Using empty homes to regenerate communities - Thursday 2nd May 2019: York

Community action on empty homes

Using empty homes to regenerate communities

Thursday 2nd May 2019: York

Action on Empty Homes is holding a free event for all those interested in taking action on empty homes.

At this event we will launch the final report from our 3-year study of community- based approaches to bringing empty homes into use

Brighid Carey 

Project Manager from Action on Empty Homes 

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