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Innovative housing models could help graduates living in rural areas

Published: Wednesday, 14 July 2010   Category: Life after graduation

A greater number of innovative housing models could be set up in rural areas in a bid to help many graduates in the locations to possess their own home, it has been stated.

Many graduates may be forced to move out of the countryside to alternate areas which are cheaper to live in and this is backed up by recent National Housing Federation research.

Some 65 per cent of people living in the countryside suggested that high house prices are driving young people out of their villages and towns.

In a bid to improve this "ongoing problem" of housing affordability, Katy John, press officer for PricedOut.org.uk, feels that there are steps that the government could take.

She said: "The government needs to establish and meet clear targets for building more homes in rural areas, particularly suitable homes for young families trying to get on the housing ladder.

"The government could also look at supporting more innovative housing models, such as housing co-operatives, to enable local people to access affordable housing in the community where they live and work."ADNFCR-1068-ID-19889995-ADNFCR

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