Thousands of aging council homes across the capital are set to be renovated and repaired, thanks to a £145 million funding boost from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
From replacing dilapidated roofs, doors and windows, to rewiring, and updating outmoded bathrooms and kitchens, the funds will be used on internal and external repairs to help improve living conditions for thousands of local authority residents, across nine London boroughs.
Improvements will soon be underway in Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Haringey, Tower Hamlets, Camden, Lambeth, Kingston upon Thames, Southwark and Sutton, with the funds secured by the Mayor through the Government’s ‘Decent Homes Backlog Funding ’ programme.
In addition to these borough improvements, the Mayor’s RE:NEW support team is ensuring plans are in place to make council-owned homes as energy efficient as possible.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “As London’s population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, and we strive to double the number of new homes being built across the capital, maintaining the quality of London’s essential existing housing stock is vital.
“These improvement works, in those homes in most urgent need of repair, are essential to ensure a decent quality of life for thousands of Londoners.”
Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis said: “The Government is giving London this significant funding boost, which will improve the lives of thousands of council tenants by bringing their homes up to a Decent Standard.
“And the changes we have brought in to protect leaseholders will help tenants by ensuring the repairs on their home get done without landlords imposing unreasonable charges.”
The £145 million funding is in addition to the £821 million share of the Decent Homes programme, agreed with the government and committed to 14 boroughs during 2011-15 to help transform social housing in the worst conditions.