Magazine article Public Finance

Home Standards Deadline to Be Missed

Magazine article Public Finance

Home Standards Deadline to Be Missed

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A key government target for bringing all social housing up to standard by 2010 will be narrowly missed, ministers admitted this week.

Local authorities are instead to be allowed to negotiate new deadlines with the Department for Communities and Local Government, especially where they are included in the sixth round of arms-length management organisations, due to be revealed later this year.

Councils have until the end of July to apply for places in the final Almo round that offers extra money to achieve decent homes, Communities and Local Government secretary Ruth Kelly announced on June 7.

But Gwyneth Taylor, policy officer at the National Federation of Almos, said some councils that had set up Almos during the past three years would also welcome extensions. 'It means that programmes can be managed in a more sensible way,' she said.

According to the DCLG, about £40bn will have been spent bringing 3.6 million council and housing association properties up to standard by the end of the decade. But an estimated 3%-5% of social housing will remain below standard after the target date of December 2010. …

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