CHESTER MP Christine Russell has pledged to do all she can to get the city a share of a £1.5bn Government housing investment.
Last week, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced plans to invest £1.5bn over two years to build 20,000 new affordable homes, creating 45,000 jobs.
Mrs Russell arranged a meeting with housing minister John Healey to try and secure funding – meaning that the council could start building new homes.
Speaking in the Commons, Mrs Russell spoke of the need for more social housing in Chester and said there were 26 applicants for every social housing vacancy.
She explained: “The average house price in Chester is £135,000 – above the national average – and the average wage in the city is below average at £30,000.
“This means that many people cannot afford to get onto the property ladder and others are forced to buy elsewhere.
“There is also a real shortage of social housing, in particular family homes.”
A spokesman for Cheshire West and Chester Council said it was too early to speculate about how and where the authority may use any money.