75 Houses Occupied As A Result Of Liverpool’s £1 Housing Scheme

It is hard to say if turning derelict properties into viable homes in the city has worked as hoped.

By Lucy, 14 and Ciara, 17, Liverpool · September 30, 2019

According to a Freedom of Information report sourced by the media literacy charity The Student View, from the 1st March 2019, just 75 houses have been occupied as a result of the £1 housing scheme.

The £1 housing scheme is a means of turning derelict properties into viable homes, allowing people to buy houses for £1 in return for certain conditions, such as renovating the home.

There are some 9,434 vacant or derelict homes in Liverpool.

Local council-led £1 housing schemes have been operational in other UK cities. In Stoke-on-Trent 31 homes out of the total 35 have been occupied under the scheme.

Pic: Unsplash/ Ethan Wilkinson

Why did students cover this story?

Lucy, 14 and Ciara, 17, from Liverpool, chose to write about this topic because “This story is important to us because it is in areas of Liverpool near where we live. We would like to see the communities that have been derelict revived.”