§ Lord Hylton
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is their policy for housing in villages and rural areas (whether or not designated under the Housing Act 1980) generally and with particular regard to people who are not able to buy their own homes because of insufficient income or savings in relation to current house prices.
§ Lord Bellwin
The Government's policy for housing in rural areas, as elsewhere, is to secure the best use of the necessarily limited resources available. A central aim of policy is the widening of opportunities for low cost home ownership by measures such as the provision of starter homes and the promotion of shared ownership. Such schemes can bring home ownership within reach of many who could not otherwise afford it, at minimum cost to local authorities and housing associations.