Housing Minister John Healey today announced a full scale assessment of the
Decent Homes Programme - the Government drive to improve
social housing stock.
Launched in 2001, the Programme has already invested over £33 billion in
homes occupied by council and housing association tenants to ensure they have
decent heating, wiring, windows, doors insulation, kitchen and bathrooms.
The Programme has delivered 700,000 new kitchens, 525,000 new bathrooms and
over 1 million new central heating systems over the past ten years.
On top of delivering improved and more energy efficient social housing, the
Decent Homes Programme has also encouraged better ways of
working and managing homes, given tenants more say and created employment
opportunities across the country.
Announcing the Programme Assessment, John Healey said;
"In 1997 we inherited over two million homes in disrepair and we have taken
great strides in making sure tenants have a decent home. Unprecedented
government investment and help has meant that next year a total of 92% of our
public homes will be at a decent level."
But Mr. Healey says more needs to be done. He's particularly concerned about
27 rogue councils that have actually seen an increase in their non
decent housing stock; 13 that still have over 50% of their housing stock
classified as non decent; and ten more with a third of their housing
stock still not up to scratch.