Stoke & Staffordshire

Stoke-on-Trent 'betrayed' over homes scheme

An MP says the government has "betrayed" Stoke-on-Trent over the end of a housing regeneration programme.

The nationwide £1bn Pathfinder Housing Market Renewal scheme has paid for the demolition of hundreds of Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme homes.

Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, Tristram Hunt, said: "We're going to have to think very creatively."

The Department for Communities and Local Government said it was "committed to supporting local councils".

A spokesman has said all projects which had funding until the end of the financial year would be completed.

'Knock down'

The government is to end the programme in England four years earlier than planned.

Mr Hunt said: "You don't knock down streets and communities without then following up with the construction.

"The government has betrayed the city in terms of what it is doing now."

The Department for Communities and Local Government said: "The Government is committed to supporting local councils who are delivering the additional housing and economic growth which local people want and need.

"The Housing Market Renewal fund, as it currently is structured, will end but councils will have access to the Regional Growth fund to support key projects.

"It is for local councils to determine their own needs."

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