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Councils Face Dilemma on Decent Homes Target

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Face Dilemma on Decent Homes Target

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Two-thirds of local authorities have had their plans to meet the decent homes target approved by ministers - but almost 10% missed this week's cut-off date for submitting firm proposals.

Although most of the 17 councils that failed to send stock option appraisals to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister before July 31 should do so soon, one Camden - has admitted that it has no idea how it will achieve the decent homes standard by 2010.

The ODPM was expecting option appraisals from 196 councils that have not already set up arms-length management organisations or transferred all their stock to a registered social landlord. A total of 138 have been signed off, while 41 that met the July 31 deadline have still to receive final approval.

The 17 councils that have yet to send in appraisals include Reading, Stroud, the Isles of Stilly, East Devon and the London boroughs of Camden and Southwark.

The others have not been identified but do not include Birmingham which, having had its stock transfer plans thwarted by tenants, is undergoing an assessment of its strategy by regional government officials. …

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