Clare Moody

MEP for the South West and Gibraltar

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EU funding 'unlocked community development'

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Clare with Darren Jones, Labour's General Election candidate for Bristol North West, Labour Councillor for Lockleaze, Estella Tincknell, Oona Goldsworthy, Chief Executive of United Communities and staff from 'The Hub'

Clare was invited to visit this innovative housing project in North Bristol with Parliamentary candidate, Darren Jones. Clare learned that it was the £1/2 million of funding from the European Regional Development Fund that was crucial in ensuring that the £4million project went ahead.

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Twenty eight much needed housing units are part of the development as up to 400 people apply for each vacant property. Prospective tenants are given lots of support before they take up their tenancies and must commit to 12 hours voluntary work in the community. This commitment helps to integrate the tenants into the local area and enables them to develop their skills as well as building a strong local community.

Clare visited the project in Lockleaze, Bristol, the day after Ed Miliband MP announced a comprehensive housing plan including a commitment to build 200,000 homes a year by 2020 and set a course for doubling the number of first-time buyers over the next decade.

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