Hinckley & Rugby has become the first financial organisation to support the 25th anniversary of the national campaigning charity, Empty Homes. The Building Society has donated £250 towards the charity’s work as it strives to raise the awareness of the waste and impact of empty homes on local communities.
According to government statistics there are over 600,000 empty homes in England, 200,000 of which have been empty for over six months.
In the Midlands alone, there are more than 40,000 properties currently listed as being long-term empty (empty for over six months).
In Leicestershire there are 6,540 empty properties (nearly 2,400 of which are long-term empty). Warwickshire has a similar problem with 6,392 properties being listed as empty (2,339 of which are listed as long-term empty). With thousands of people on local housing waiting lists, the charity believes that empty homes are a waste of valuable resources and are also a blight on local communities.
The Empty Homes charity was established 25 years ago in April 1992, and since its inception, has championed the cause of bringing empty houses back into use. Because of its work, the number of empty homes in England has reduced by over 400,000 over the past 15 years. The charity doesn’t receive any central government funding and therefore depends upon the support of individuals, organisations and Trusts to continue its work.
Commenting on the donation by Hinckley & Rugby Building Society, Mark Hemingway, Chair of Empty Homes, said:
“Over the past quarter of a century we have tried to raise the profile of empty homes and show what a waste of resources they are. Hinckley & Rugby being the first financial organisation to support us during our 25th anniversary year is very apt as it clearly reflects their own objectives of helping local people onto the housing ladder. We are very grateful to them for their support and we look forward to working with them in the future as we to try to continue to reduce the number of empty properties.”
Chris White, Chief Executive of Hinckley & Rugby Building Society, said:
“It is in everyone’s interests to reduce the amount of housing stock standing empty around the country, which is why we are delighted to be able to lend our support to such a worthwhile cause.”