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National award for innovative housing scheme

A housing initiative that helps individuals with disabilities to buy own their own home and supports people to get a mortgage has won a national award.

MJ Awards 2018


Left to right: The Right Honourable Alan Johnson, Wayne Gethings, Angelina Hicklin, Andrea Martin, Charlotte Hayward-Prince, William Worthing, Andy Begley, David Gregg, Laura Fisher, Lee Chapman, Deborah Webster and Gareth Davies (partner at Mazars).

Shropshire Council’s Buy2Live scheme, which we refer to as Home Ownership for people with Long-term Disabilities (HOLD), is a shared ownership scheme and we're thrilled to announce it has won the award for Innovation in Finance at the Municipal Journal (MJ) Achievement Awards 2018, organised by the national MJ magazine. This category recognises innovation in securing finance for major projects that deliver good outcomes on value-for-money terms with sound risk management.

HOLD is supported by a grant allocation from Homes England and is facilitated and supported by the Trust.

David Hall, the Trust’s head of property, said: “This award is a wonderful recognition for a truly innovative scheme, which helps people with long term disabilities purchase their own home and live more independently. The success of this scheme to-date has led to the Trust purchasing further properties, which will be adapted to allow even more people with disabilities to buy a home and have the independence they crave."

Councillor Lee Chapman, cabinet member for adult social care, health and housing, added: “I am absolutely thrilled that we’ve won the award for Innovation in Finance. We know how hard it can be nowadays to get onto the property ladder, and for those with disabilities, the challenge is even greater. Buy2Live is about giving everybody the choice, control and opportunity over where and how they live. The success of this scheme to date has exceeded our expectations and has changed so many lives for the better.”

Photo courtesy of Shropshire Council

3rd July 2018