THIRTY empty homes will be brought back into use to increase the supply of affordable housing in Barnsley.

Up to £2million from Berneslai Homes’ 2013/14 surplus budget will be used to support the council’s ongoing empty homes programme.

If agreed by cabinet on December 4, other housing-related activity to increase the supply of affordable homes will commence.

The 30 properties will be let as council housing, helping to meet the borough’s affordable housing need.

Cllr Roy Miller, cabinet spokesperson, said: "These schemes will help to ensure that best use is made of the existing housing stock in the borough as well as assisting with an element of new-build activity to meet a range of housing needs.

"Taken together, they will contribute to the delivery of the council’s economic strategy and the emergent housing strategy."