Magazine article Public Finance

Decent Homes Figures 'May Have Been Flawed'

Magazine article Public Finance

Decent Homes Figures 'May Have Been Flawed'

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Local authorities may have seriously underestimated the condition of their homes before the government embarked on its drive to bring them up to standard, according to a new study.

Last year, 58 English councils reported a larger percentage of non-decent homes than four years earlier, according to the analysis by Hal Pawson, a professor at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

The analysis, based on Best Value performance indicators, shows that 40% of council homes were below standard in April 2006, compared with 48% four years earlier.

But Pawson believes the reduction should have been - and possibly was - greater. On the face of it, the figures look disappointing for the public sector,' he told Public Finance.

Right-to-buy sales have probably pushed up the proportion of non-decent homes still owned by councils, because tenants tend to purchase those in better condition.

But Pawson claims it is possible that far more than 48% of homes were below standard in 2002. …

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