Magna Housing secures Hinkley Point C funding for Home Moves Advisor role in West Somerset
The first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK in over 20 years; Hinkley Point C in Somerset will provide low-carbon electricity for around 6 million homes and create thousands of jobs.
However, with 5,600 people employed on the Hinkley Point C site at the peak of construction, it was recognised that there is likely to be an impact on the local housing market. A £7.5 million housing fund has been made available to local authorities to increase accommodation capacity locally.
The areas identified as most likely to be impacted in West Somerset are Stogursey, Minehead, Williton and Watchet. The majority of Magna Housing’s homes in West Somerset are in these areas.
Magna Housing has successfully secured another two years of funding from the Hinkley Point C housing fund to provide a Home Moves Advisor (HMA) to support local housing needs.
Although the HMA is directly employed by Magna Housing, the post holder works with Somerset West and Taunton Council and all social landlords in West Somerset. The HMA has also established strong links with other Hinkley projects.
The role provides help for social housing tenants across West Somerset to access a range of down-sizing options, including transfers and mutual exchanges, which allow overcrowding tenants to swap with under-occupiers, addressing two housing needs at once.
Christine Boland, Head of Housing Services at Magna Housing, said: “We are now entering the fifth year of providing the Home Moves Advisor role and we have had some really successful outcomes.
“We will continue to focus on identifying under-occupiers and help them to downsize. By making best use of homes in this way, we are reducing pressure on the private rented sector and ensuring that local people have opportunities to access affordable homes suitable for their needs.”
Also part of the bid this year was to provide specialist hoarding training and support for Magna’s Home Moves Advisor.
Christine said: “We have found that some of the barriers to downsizing have been hoarding issues and tenants’ own concerns about streamlining their possessions (knowing what to take and what to dispose of) and the condition of their gardens.
“The specialist hoarding training gives us the knowledge to empathetically deal with these issues and support our tenants.”
For further information about Magna Housing’s Home Moves Advisor role visit: https://www.magna.org.uk/my-home/somerset-home-moves-advisor/
For further information about Hinkley Point C visit: https://www.edfenergy.com/energy/nuclear-new-build-projects/hinkley-point-c
For further information about Somerset West and Taunton Council visit: