Magazine article Public Finance

End in Sight to Decent Homes Legal Challenge

Magazine article Public Finance

End in Sight to Decent Homes Legal Challenge

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Four arm's-length management organisations are set to drop their legal challenge to the government's decent homes programme after two were offered money by the Homes and Communities Agency.

The Almos, which were expecting to receive funds once they gained two inspection stars, turned to the courts in October when the government moved £150m from its decent homes budget to house building projects.

The judicial review is due to be heard next month.

But two of the councils involved - the London boroughs of Havering and Sutton - have now settled with the HCA and informal talks are continuing with the others.

The HCA insists it will not negotiate formally with any council while legal action is pending.

Although the London Borough of Redbridge and Sedgemoor District Council have not withdrawn from the judicial review as yet, the National Federation of Almos is optimistic that agreements can be reached. …

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