Thousands of council houses to be built in UK
Thousands of new social housing unites are to be built in the UK, according Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Many of the estates, run by the local council governments, have over the years acquired reputations for extreem poverty and violence. However at the same time, there is a housing need in the UK currently.
The Prime Minister said there was "significant demand for housing and there is clearly spare capacity in the house building sector".
He signalled that Treasury rules preventing local authorities from building social housing would be relaxed within months.
Homes could be built quickly on land for which planning permission has been obtained but where developers have abandoned plans due to the economic downturn.
The move could go some way to reducing the 4.5 million-strong waiting list for social housing.